Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council

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  • 60544 IL Plainfield
  • USA

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The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries worldwide that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

         While it is entirely a voluntary process, HLAC accreditation increasingly is becoming a requirement of informed hospitals for a healthcare laundry to be considered as an authorized vendor. This is because HLAC-accredited laundries process healthcare textiles based on the highest standards for patient safety and infection prevention.

HLAC accreditation, which is good for three years, means that a laundry meets standards that have been documented, published and professionally recognized. Standards documents are available for review and to download at HLAC’s website, www.hlacnet.org.

HLAC accreditation affirms that a laundry organization that processes healthcare linens has successfully passed an inspection of the following: its facility, policies and procedures, training programs, and its relationship with its healthcare customers. The inspection process is fee-based, takes one day and is conducted by HLAC inspectors who are independent contractors who have a wide range of experience and expertise in the healthcare laundry industry. 

HLAC does not have membership. Instead, it has a 12-person board of directors whose participants serve on a voluntary basis. The board of directors comprises an independent and highly experienced group of professionals – this includes or has included commercial laundry operators, association executives, co-op and on-premise laundry operators, and representatives of federal government organizations.

The principal benefit of HLAC accreditation to healthcare customers is the knowledge and confidence that their textile provider is meeting the highest standards in the industry for processing healthcare textiles, including strict adherence to federal government regulations and guidelines.

The customer can expect a consistent and smooth flow of clean textiles; and, ultimately, the knowledge of safety for their employees and the end user – the patient.

For more information, contact HLAC Executive Director Regina Baras at rbaras@hlacnet.org.

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The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) recently revised its standards document, “Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for Use in Healthcare Facilities – 2016 Edition.” The document is available for viewing and downloading at HLAC’s website, www.hlacnet.org.

This standards document covers the complete textile processing cycle: from handling and transporting to laundering and finishing to customer service. Special attention has been directed to laundry processes directly related to patient safety and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) [this is the United States government organization responsible for labor standards and protecting staff] required practices, including Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Standards.

For consecutive years, the standards document has received the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) AORN Seal of Recognition. The AORN Seal of Recognition confirms that the content of the document has undergone thorough review by AORN and meets the guidelines of the “AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.” While not an endorsement, the Seal of Recognition is confirmation that HLAC’s accreditation standards as presented in the document have met AORN standards of excellence in safe patient care. AORN is a leading organization advocating for excellence in perioperative practice in healthcare.

In addition, HLAC’s accreditation standards recently received the AHE Seal of Review and Recognition from the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). The recognition, while not an endorsement, confirms that HLAC’s accreditation standards meet AHE’s practice guidance for excellence and quality based on a review of the standards for technical accuracy and evidence-based practice. AHE is a premier professional membership organization for healthcare environmental services and includes disciplines such as cleaning and disinfection, waste management, laundry and textile care.

For more information, contact HLAC Executive Director Regina Baras at rbaras@hlacnet.org.

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