Friday 4 October 2013

HLAC accreditation

Posted by at 2:44 PM

On Monday, 9/30/13, Bay Towel successfully passed an audit by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) and was awarded accreditation—the industry’s highest rating on quality and safety—for another 3 years. 

This is extremely important to our business and our ability to service our healthcare customers. The reaccreditation means that Bay Towel's processes and procedures conform to all local, state, federal and healthcare specific requirements and guidelines. These requirements ensure the protection of the laundry workers at Bay Towel and the patients that our hospitals and clinics service. We believe HLAC accreditation makes us a better company.

HLAC is a non-profit organization that inspects and accredits laundries processing healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. HLAC’s mission is to publish high standards for processing healthcare textiles in laundries, and to provide an accreditation process that recognizes those laundries that meet these high standards. The decision to become accredited is completely voluntary.

The HLAC accreditation process was developed with several industry groups, including: American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), American Reusable Textiles Association (ARTA), Association for Linen Management (ALM), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM), and Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA).

The inspector's last comment to us was that Bay Towel is one of the cleanest and most organized operations that he has ever been in. That's quite a compliment. 

Thank you to everyone on our team for their efforts on Monday and ensuring that all processes are a way of life on a day-to-day basis.