1. Module Overview
To identify the key stages and criteria to control quality and hygiene in the laundering of bed linen and residents clothing in the care home environment.
There are Department of Health guidance documents and the detergent suppliers and machinery manufacturers can provide technical advice, but the care home staff and management team must possess the required knowledge and competence. This will require to be demonstrated by staff training records, laundry process specifications, process parameter check logs and quality control records, all of which may be requested at CQC audits.
The trade association for the industrial laundry sector, the Textile Services Association (TSA), works in close harmony with the healthcare sector and many of its members provide laundry services to hospitals, clinics and care homes. This very often includes the supply of bed linen, towels, uniforms and workwear as well as specialist surgical (OR) drapes and protective gowns.
The TSA has a specialist team of expert consultants and members who liaise closely with the scientific departments who advise the healthcare sector, as well as international, european and national standards bodies and the many fabric, chemical and machinery manufacturers.
TSA has played a major role in developing laundry technologies over the years and none more so than in the last two years of the pandemic experience, when the antiviral qualities of laundry processing (and indeed hand washing) as well as ‘Covid-19 compliant’ factory procedures were required to be designed and practised.
With all this experience, the TSA produced a technical bulletin ‘Laundry Matters – How laundry hygiene can help you and your care home’. This learning module develops some of the key stages involved in operating your on-site laundry to achieve hygienic quality. TSA can provide consultative services to guide and assist your compliance with a wide range of laundry, engineering, technical and energy requirements.