How to Keep Your Employees Safe

COVID-19 Workwear Safety Guidelines

Take proactive measures to reduce the risk of workwear contamination from laundry service operations.

Yariv Matzliach, Chief Executive Officer, Polytex

Message from the CEO

Dear Customers,

To safeguard your laundry service staff against the COVID-19 virus and lower the risk of contamination, we recommend you implement certain protective measures. These recommendations are based on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These recommendations will be updated from time to time as new research findings and information are made available.

Keep Safe! Yariv Matzliach Chief Executive Officer, Polytex

Sanitize the Surfaces of Your Machine Units

Make sure your Dispensing and Return units are kept clean and safe for use by your employees.

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces on the machines units
  • Use disposable wipes to clean touch screens and keypads interface
  • Makes sure a cleaning agent is available for use by your employees
  • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time
hygiene on the dispensing machines for employee use

Keep Clean and Soiled Workwear Items Separate

Textile and workwear items may remain contaminated for a maximum of 2-3 days. Toavoid the risk of contamination, we recommend these guidelines.

  • Designate a separate room or area for clean and soiled items
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces
  • Leave returned items “untouched” for 2-3 days before handling
  • Wear protective gloves especially when handling soiled items from a sick person
Textile and workwear items

Collection, Sorting and Transportation

To prevent risk of contamination, when handling laundry, you are advised to implement these guidelines.

  • Laundry items from a sick person can be washed together with other workwear items
  • Do not shake dirty laundry
  • If your laundry operations are comprised by a sick employee, you should wait 2-3 days before handling your laundry items
  • If you use an external laundry service, you are advised to wait 2-3 days before you load the dispensing units with clean items
Collection, Sorting and Transportation for Laundry items

Educate and Protect Your Laundry Workers

Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all laundry staff prior to providing laundry services.

  • Train employees how to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Provide clear instructions on what to do if employees develop symptoms
  • Make sure laundry staff wear disposable gloves and gowns when handling laundry
  • Employees should wash their hands when removing protective gloves
worker protection at Laundry Workers

Achieve to Optimal Hygiene Levels In Healthcare

Risks associated with sub-optimal workwear hygiene in healthcare setting have been known for decades, and recently have gained new levels of awareness among medical administrators and the general public alike. Such as;

  • Medical personnel are at risk of infection from workwear
  • A large percent of medical personnel are currently absent from work due to infection
  • Patients are at heightened risk of contamination
  • Heightened risk of intra-facility cross contamination
  • Medical personnel families are at risk
  • The general public is at heightened risk
Watch the webinar to review some of the recent research around workwear hygiene following the outburst of the coronavirus pandemic, then look at the various approaches that healthcare facilities take for managing their workwear.

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