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Hygienically Clean: Crown Completes Systemwide Certification

With the recent certification of facilities in Pensacola, FL, and Selma, AL, to Hygienically Clean Healthcare standards, Crown Health Care Laundry Services now holds this designation companywide. Earlier this year, the Pensacola-based operation achieved Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification in its Quitman, GA, and Columbia, MS, facilities.

The achievement reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by on-site third-party inspection and its capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. “Congratulations to Crown Health Care Laundry on their systemwide certification,” said TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci. “This achievement proves their dedication to building their customers’ confidence that their laundry takes every step possible to prevent human illness.”

The certification confirms the laundries’ dedication to compliance, and processing healthcare linens and garments using BMPs as described in its quality assurance documentation, the focal point for TRSA inspectors’ evaluation of critical control points that minimize risk. The independent, third-party inspection must confirm essential evidence that:

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

In addition, the Crown Health Care Laundry facilities passed three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing hygienically clean healthcare linens and garments, and have zero presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain the certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing including yeast and mold detection 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 linen and uniform service operations. The Hygienically Clean standard provides for two inspections every three years. OSHA compliance is closely examined, particularly toxic and hazardous substance handling rules governing 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 TRSA launderers to ensure the certification continues to enforce the highest standards for producing clean healthcare textiles. With 100+ years as the textile services industry's leading business association, TRSA's expertise in laundry BMP development is unmatched.