Below is a continually updated list of resources for the textile care industry to assist in making decisions and setting policies based on current knowledge. If you have a resource that would be useful here, please Contact Us to have it added.
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ALM held an online COVID-19 Town Hall discussion on Thursday, March 26. During the session, advisors were on hand to address CDC recommendations, equipment cleaning, chemicals and the wash process, environmental services/cleaning and disinfecting, and laundry operations. The full recording is now available.
Laundry & Textile Specific Resources
In the laundry, adherence to a proven, effective wash process and effective infection prevention measures will provide safe, quality textiles. These practices will also contribute to a safer environment for workers. To aid in finding linen-specific recommendations, ALM has copied those below, and the full recommendation text is available at the link.
PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to rumors, currently, there are no recommendations from the CDC or any regulatory authority to destroy or incinerate COVID-19 exposed linens.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 in the Laundry
Lynne Sehulster, PhD, M(ASCP), CMIP, Environmental Infection Prevention, LLC, and formerly with the CDC spoke to ARTA attendees in late February and emphasized that “the essence of the CDC’s recommendations for laundry with regards to COVID-19 is that there should be no departures from the routine industry processes, wash cycle parameters, textile manipulations, employee use of PPE, etc.”
Listen to her full interview with Linda Fairbanks below, or on ALM's Podcast, available from your favorite podcast service.
List of products for use with COVID-19 >> (revised 3/16/2020)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
While we are providing a link to WHO information, U.S. laundries must note this is a global application and there are areas of conflict with OSHA BBP regulations, i.e., recommendations to remove feces and place in patient toilet.
WHO COVID-19 page >> (caution)
ALM Recommendations and COVID-19 News
Business Resources for Laundries
Links are provided here for businesses facing operational challenges. We encourage you to visit your local Small Business Administration (SBA) website in addition to information below that may provide guidance for your situation.
For many companies, the standard small business size classification by employees is 500 employees or less. However, your industry could make a difference in your size qualifications. Typically, you must have between or below $750,000 and $35.5 million in sales and between or below 100 and 1,500 employees.
ALM Member COVID-19 Press Releases