Certified laundries’ conscientiousness about the potential for spreading infection is rooted in their efforts to ensure employees reasonably anticipate the presence of blood or other potentially infectious materials on soiled textiles
A Hygienically Clean Healthcare laundry’s quality control manual describes how the facility complies with OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens rule (29 CFR 1910.1030). TRSA has long guided the industry in understanding this regulation and provided free compliance guidance online through the SafeTRSA program. Member laundry operations use SafeTRSA resources to document their best management practices (BMPs) related to the rule. These BMPs govern the following disciplines, among others:
Personal protective equipment
Sharps discarding and containment
Work practice controls
All employees who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens receive initial and annual training on the standard. Training takes place during normal working hours at no cost to employees. Additional training is provided when tasks or procedures are modified or new ones that affect occupational exposure are instituted. This may be limited to addressing the new exposures created. All training is conducted in a language and at an educational level that employees can comprehend.