Healthcare workers who handle soiled linen every day are tempted to dispose linen saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials including COVID-19. This 13-minute training video is to provides an overview of the best practices to prevent injury and reduce the spread of infections in handling such materials. Workers and patients will benefit. The six steps (Cover, Collect, Contain, Consolidate, Clean, Cooperate) support improved patient care and promote a safety culture in healthcare facilities.
Provides route associates, soil sorters, loaders and other affected personnel with a step-by-step process for applying Universal Precautions to prevent the spread of infections through safe handling of healthcare textiles throughout processing and delivery.
Employees are stressed by the impacts of the pandemic, personally or professionally, from being isolated, feeling anxious from venturing into the workplace and other reasons. Regardless of the source, employers can address your employees’ anxieties to ensure they feel supported and safe.
In this webinar, you will:
Illustrated personal practices to control the spread of the virus and stay safe. Posters and blogs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Human Health and Services (HHS).
While no enterprise is immune to disaster, emergency or catastrophe, laundering has its own combination of higher risks—fire, hazardous chemicals, defective boilers and other perils of a highly mechanized environment. Every laundry needs a comprehensive plan to deal with the aftermath of such disasters to salvage resources and honor commitments to customers.
This best practice was largely adapted from a TRSA publication, Recommended Professional Practices for Disaster Planning, authored by consultant Lucien Canton, previously emergency director for San Francisco city and county and regional hazard mitigation officer for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Consult Recommended Professional Practices, available in the TRSA Store, for more detailed advice on the steps described here.
Standard hygienically clean laundering processes kill viruses,, preventing them from infecting you or others. When dealing with hard surfaces, a simple disinfectant should suffice-the EPA has posted a list of cleaners that should be effective at sanitizing surfaces after exposure to COVID-19. While the CDC doesn’t specifically outline any changes to your typical laundry routine, they do provide a list of best practices when doing laundry for someone who’s ill:
TRSA does NOT advocate for the incineration of linens. TRSA recommends following CDC and OSHA guidelines for the handling of COVID-19 linens. The directive is to follow Standard and Universal Precautions. Please refer to our video, Six Cs of Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment, for guidance on handling soiled healthcare linen.
Treat all linens as contaminated. Use standard PPE (gloves and gowns, and bag linen) to protect employees. These linens do not have to be washed separately. According to OSHA standards, normal laundry cycles should be used according to washer and detergent manufacturer recommendations.
For the laundry industry, CDC hasn’t recommended changes in normal laundry handling and processing of textiles. Appropriate time, temperature, chemical and mechanical action will kill viruses. CDC also hasn’t recommended changes in textile handling regarding employee exposure risk in sorting. Viruses usually do not live outside a live host for long periods, especially on porous surfaces like textiles, limiting the potential exposure risk to laundry personnel who will be handling the laundry hours or days after use.
Linen providers who support the healthcare market handle potentially infections materials daily. It’s always been understood that every piece of soiled linen be treated as if it were potentially infectious. In serving other markets, similar precautions like those implemented for the healthcare market are suggested. Also vital to infection control are standard transmission-based precautions (proper hand hygiene, PPE, handle textile and laundry carefully, clean and disinfect environment surfaces, etc.).
Existing OSHA regulations specify that any linen saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) should be placed in impermeable bags.
All Hygienically Clean Certified Facilities MUST follow the transportation guidelines for their specific segments. You may find these recommendations on the HygienicallyClean.org under the market-specific certifications standards.
Below is the recommendation for Healthcare under section 126.96.36.199. Transportation: