The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) reports that its Hygienically Clean Healthcare advisory body recently voted to enhance the standard by adding a second “supplemental inspection” during a facility’s three-year certification period. In addition, the advisory body re-confirmed its philosophy of focusing on outcome-based best management practices (BMPs) and Quality Assurance (QA) that directly impact the cleanliness of healthcare linens and garments.
“An additional inspection enhances the Hygienically Clean Healthcare Standard by increasing validation,” said advisory chair Randy Bartsch, Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service. “We are also authorising inspectors to conduct sample ATP critical control point surface testing within the laundry to identify potential risk areas and for future consideration into the Hygienically Clean Healthcare Standard testing protocols.”
The advisory team were also notified by certification manager Angela Freeman that 132 plants from 53 companies are currently certified or pursuing Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification with a 100% recertification renewal rate for 2016.