CARSON CITY, Nev. — Alsco Reno-Carson City, a branch of Alsco Inc., the premier worldwide linen and uniform rental services company, recently achieved the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification, which ensures that laundering processes effectively remove pathogens from health care textiles.
Shawn Mynear, Alsco Reno/Carson City general manager, said, “This achievement shows our continued commitment to following government guidelines and providing a hygienically clean product to our customers. We are very happy to have achieved this TRSA Hygienically Clean Certification and can assure all of our customers that all laundered textiles at the Alsco Reno-Carson City plant are hygienically clean.”
TRSA certification is a confirmation of a laundry’s dedication both to compliance with government guidelines and rigorous processing of health care linens and garments using best management practices (BMPs). As described in TRSA’s quality assurance documentation, BMPs are the focal point for TRSA inspectors’ evaluation of critical control points that minimize risk within a facility. For a facility to earn certification, the independent, third-party inspection must find and confirm essential evidence that:
Employees are properly trained and protected
Managers understand legal requirements
The facility is OSHA compliant
The physical plant operates effectively
TRSA Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certified facilities must pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing hygienically clean health care linens and garments with zero presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain their certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing to ensure that laundered product quality is consistently maintained even when laundry conditions change, such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry.
“Obtaining TRSA Certification for the Alsco Reno-Carson City Plant has been a great experience for all members of our team. It was a great experience for everyone on the team to come together to achieve a common goal,” stated Mynear.
TRSA’s stringent processes eliminate subjectivity by focusing on outcomes, verifying that textiles cleaned in certified facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and BMPs for hospitals, surgery centers, medical offices, nursing homes and other medical facilities.
Millions of people rely every day on the clean uniforms, garments, linens, towels, walk-off mats and other products provided by TRSA-member commercial laundries. TRSA serves its members by promoting and protecting its companies and educating owner/operators, executives and management through professional development independent certifications that conform to internationally recognized standards, advocacy and research. For more information about TRSA and its certifications, visit http://www.trsa.org.