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Hygienically Clean: Angelica Certifies Two More Plants

Angelica Textile Services Inc. laundry facilities in Memphis, TN, and Chicago are the company’s newest recipients of TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification, reflecting their commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by TRSA inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing.

Angelica now has 15 TRSA Hygienically Clean Healthcare-certified facilities, the most of any U.S. company. In addition to the two newest designees, Angelica has secured the certification at various other facilities, including Austin, TX; Batavia, NY; Colton, CA; Columbia, SC; Durham, NC; Fresno, CA; Lorain, OH; Ooltewah, TN; Phoenix; Pittsburg, CA; Rockmart, GA.; Safety Harbor, FL; and Worcester, MA. Angelica is in the process of certifying its remaining facilities by the end of 2017.

The certification confirms Angelica’s dedication to infection prevention, compliance with recognized industry standards and processing healthcare textiles using BMPs as described in its quality assurance documentation, a focal point for the certification inspectors’ evaluation. The independent, third-party inspection also confirms essential evidence that:

  • Employees are properly trained and protected
  • Managers understand regulatory requirements
  • OSHA-compliant
  • Physical plant operates effectively
     

Certified facilities pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing Hygienically Clean Healthcare textiles and zero presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain their certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing to ensure that as laundry conditions change, such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry, laundered product quality is consistently maintained.

This process eliminates subjectivity by focusing on outcomes and results that verify textiles cleaned in these facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and BMPs for hospitals, surgery centers, medical offices, nursing homes and other medical facilities.

Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification acknowledges laundries’ effectiveness in protecting healthcare operations through testing and inspections that scrutinize quality-control procedures in textile services operations related to the handling of textiles containing blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Certified laundries use processes, chemicals and BMPs acknowledged by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, American National Standards Institute and others. Introduced in 2012, Hygienically Clean Healthcare brought to North America the international cleanliness standards for healthcare linens and garments used worldwide by the Certification Association for Professional Textile Services and the European Committee for Standardization.

Objective experts in epidemiology, infection control, nursing and other healthcare professions work with launderers to ensure the certification continues to enforce the highest standards for producing clean healthcare textiles. TRSA, which administers the certification, has unmatched expertise in laundry BMP development, with 100-plus years as the uniform, linen and facility services industry's leading business association.

“Congratulations to Angelica on their certifications,” said Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO. “This achievement proves their ongoing commitment to infection prevention and that their laundry facilities take every step possible to prevent human illness.”