Cleanliness next to Healthiness – Health & hygiene, OPLs and contamination control

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PHS Laundryserv comments on The Department of Health’s recent guidance document CfPP 01-04, and the effect it should have on healthcare establishments in the UK.

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The Department of Health’s recent guidance document CfPP 01-04, should make all healthcare establishments really focus on their laundry contamination control and validation procedures.

PHS Laundryserv is one of the UK’s leading providers of commercial laundry equipment with a wealth of experience in supplying to the healthcare industry.

Pete Waugh, PHS Laundryserv’s Operations Manager explains, “Infection control is the name of the game in the healthcare industry, with all manner of systems and procedures in place to try and limit cross contamination. It’s been proven time and again that bugs can be carried and transferred on textiles, making the laundry a key area in the ongoing fight to prevent cross contamination.”

“The Department of Health’s recent guidance document CfPP 01-04, should make all healthcare establishments really focus on their laundry contamination control and validation procedures. And one of the key points within this documentation is that the environment in which laundry processing is being carried out, should be designed to minimise the risk of recontamination of linen.”

“One of the best ways to minimise the risk of linen recontamination is to use a barrier washer. The premise is simple: the washers have two door openings, one at the front and one at the back, one for loading the dirty laundry and one for unloading the clean laundry. The washer then straddles a physical partition, such as a wall, making a physical separation for the soiled & clean laundry areas. However the use of such is equipment is low within the UK, making us lag behind much of Europe, as in many countries, barrier washers are a common sight within the healthcare laundry.”

“Laundryserv supply the Primus FXB and MB ranges of high spin barrier washers, which have a proven track record of use throughout Europe. Available in capacities of 18 or 24kg, the FXB washers are based on the design & technology used in Primus’ FX washers, ensuring they offer the ultimate in energy and water savings as well as helping in the fight against contamination. They also offer standard features such as a full stainless steel cabinet, a freely programmable XControl Plus processor, an automatic positioning drum and a large drain valve. For larger commercial laundry equipment requirements the Primus MB range of barrier washers offer capacities ranging from 26kg to 180kg.”

About PHS

The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and has traded in the UK since 1963. It has a diverse service portfolio aimed at improving work and leisure spaces, while making life much easier for facilities, building and people managers.
PHS really does ‘do more than you think’, providing products and services for:

  •     Crate rental and packaging
  •     Interior and exterior planting
  •     Laundry equipment and workwear
  •     Matting and flooring
  •     Records storage and management
  •     Shredding and recycling
  •     Testing and compliance
  •     Washrooms
  •     Waste management
  •     Water machines
  •     Workplace consumables

PHS provides these direct to UK companies, and also operates as a tier one supplier to the facilities management market, supporting the integrated service propositions of most of the major FMs.

The PHS Group’s annual turnover for the year ending March 2012 was £422 million. It employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a wide network of 153 regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.

http://www.phs.co.uk/laundryserv

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