Managers to meet at SHLSLM conference

7 April 1998


It’s the event of the year for hospital linen services and laundry managers. A New Chapter, organised by the society will this year be held at the Hotel St Nicholas in Scarborough on 28 April to 1 May.

Under the theme of proactive development, the SHLSLM is planning to present lively and topical papers about issues of interest and concern to hard-pressed managers.

“Busy schedules mean many managers can only afford to leave their laundry plants for two or three days, that is why A New Chapter has been designed to allow delegates to arrive on a Tuesday evening in time for the programme which starts on Wednesday 9.30am and finishes on Thursday at 3pm,” said Ian Hargreaves, president of the SHLSLM.

“Over the years the society has built close relationships with the NHS and private sector colleagues and this is reflected in a programme which covers topics we believe will be of interest to managers in domestic services, CSSD, theatre services, hotel services and facility-administration as well as those involved in laundry and linen services,” SHLSLM secretary Katrina Clark commented.

Rachel Parkinson of the Health & Safety Executive said her paper will tackle the ways to manage the activities of a hospital laundry “in a way that will minimise risks to the health and safety of employees”.

It will be illustrated with reference to topics of current interest such as manual handling, safety at continuous washing lines, the use of new ISO/CEN standards when purchasing new machinery and the safe handling of drycleaning solvents.

Graphtec IT Solutions’ director Richard Scott’s paper will address the different forms of data capture available to laundry managers.

Designs on Performance will illustrate how performance and quality are engineered into cotton and cotton-rich fire-retardant fabrics such as those supplied by Skopos Designs of Dewsbury.

Technical manager Mark Watkins and consulting chemist Dr Jan Galek will explain the research that goes into developing a product that not only complies with legislatory requirements, “but is also safe, user-friendly and attractive to live with”.

This will be done by examining the demands made by legislation and why they are in place, what the customer wants from the fabric and how the product is manufactured.

Other topics covered by the conference include Stephen Gallagher of Leeds-based Thompson Solicitors paper on how to avoid industrial injury claims.

Sally Mounter of the Medical devices Agency, and Alistair Campbell, laundry advisor of the Central Services Agency, will advise on the ways to keep on the right side of the law on the CE marking of drapes and give an update on the progress of the Medical Textile Committee.

For further details, contact Katrina Clark, national secretary, on 01207 586175

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