WHY ACCREDITATIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO US: 

HLAC

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

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TRSA CG

TRSA inspects companies’ laundry facilities seeking the certification and approves documentation of their water and energy use and BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during the inspections. They are accredited for three years at a time.

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TRSA HCH

Hygienically Clean inspectors verify a healthcare laundry’s own processes – its systems, procedures, etc. for ensuring that product being shipped from the laundry is clean and free from any danger to the patient.

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PATIENT SAFETY

  • With HLAC accreditation, a laundry becomes part of the safety solution in healthcare’s ever-urgent effort to protect patients through the prevention of infections.
  • HLAC Accreditation Standards are patient-safety focused and have been developed based on federal regulations and guidelines as well as best industry practices.
  • This safety affinity makes for a firm and fast connection with a healthcare customer, as in: “We share the same goals.” Laundries without HLAC accreditation come up short in this very important way of comparison.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

  • Patient safety and quality improvement are inherently linked. The one does not exist without the other.
  • Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has voluntarily committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes healthcare textiles.
  • The HLAC-accredited laundry is built right, equipped properly and staffed with qualified and trained personnel for processing product, interacting with customers and vendors and maintaining operations in a clean and aseptic manner.

CREDIBILITY

  • To its healthcare customer, a laundry with HLAC accreditation possesses a kind of credibility that is instantly recognizable and highly attractive. It’s like a dividend, an advantage or benefit validating for the customer the laundry’s expertise, believability, dependability, reliability and soundness.
  • The principal benefit to healthcare customers is the knowledge and confidence that their textile provider is meeting the highest standards for processing healthcare textiles in the industry, including strict adherence to federal government regulations and guidelines.
  • The customer can expect a consistent and smooth flow of clean textiles; and, ultimately, the knowledge of safety for their employees and the end user – the patient.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge is the added asset of the HLAC-accredited laundry where education is routine, and everyone wins as a result – the industry, the laundry organization, the personnel who work there, the healthcare customer and ultimately the healthcare patient.
  • In all of HLAC’s standards, knowledge is pervasive and one will find among these standards only the industry’s best and most current practices; continuous learning and training of laundry personnel are the order of the day.
  • And it doesn’t end there as the HLAC Continuing Education Series offers ongoing instructional information for adding value.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

  • All of the benefits of HLAC accreditation, when combined, give a laundry a genuine advantage over its competitors.
  • It is an edge that enables the laundry to crystallize and communicate those specific qualities that make it different from everyone else in the marketplace.
  • Because of your accreditation, you can tell clients you share their patient safety goals, that you’ve raised the bar on how a laundry should process healthcare textiles, that they can have confidence in your highest of standards, and that your practices are the industry’s best and most current available.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

  • Clean Green certified linen, uniform and facility services operations meet quality standards for effectiveness in conserving resources and minimizing environmental impact.
  • Customers that use Clean Green certified companies (like us) to supply, launder and maintain linens, uniforms, mats and other reusable textiles can be assured that their provider maximizes sustainable practices.

CREDIBILITY

  • With a Clean Green Certification we have the benefits of sustainability to gain and keep customers and serve the cause of protecting the environment.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Achieving the certification improves efficiencies, adding to the bottom line by decreasing energy and water costs and preserving the environment by conserving these resources. Fundamentally environmentally friendly aspects of linen, uniform and facility services (textile reuse and mass processing) have sustained the industry.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

  • TRSA inspects companies’ (like us) that are seeking the certification and approves documentation of their water and energy use and BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during the inspections. They are accredited for three years at a time.

PATIENT SAFETY

  • To maintain 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.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

  • Patient safety and quality improvement are inherently linked. The one does not exist without the other.
  • Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has voluntarily committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes healthcare textiles.
  • The HLAC-accredited laundry is built right, equipped properly and staffed with qualified and trained personnel for processing product, interacting with customers and vendors and maintaining operations in a clean and aseptic manner.

CREDIBILITY

  • The certification reflects laundries’ commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by third-party inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing.

KNOWLEDGE

  • 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.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

  • 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.

OTHER NATIONAL ACCREDITATIONS:

Association for Linen Management (ALM): Healthcare Linen Services Group is a member of the Association for Linen Management (ALM) – a non-profit trade association dedicated to the professional development of personnel involved in the textile care industry.

ALM Certified Laundry and Linen Manager (CLLM) Certification Program: Many of HLSG's managerial personnel maintain a Certified Laundry and Linen Manager (CLLM) Certification. The CLLM certification is nationally recognized and provides our staff along with our customers the latest laundry industry and textile trends and best practices.