HLAC continually seeks input and expertise from organizations and associations who support the HLAC mission of developing standards for healthcare textile processors. We acknowledge and thank them for their ongoing support whether it be in the form of past or present Board participation, industry leadership and ongoing advocacy.
The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) was formed in 1982 to create greater appreciation and acceptance for reusable textiles. Disposable products may seem convenient to use, but their impact on the environment poses an increasing threat.
Therefore, ARTA works to:
• HELP its member makers of reusable textile products achieve an equal footing with disposable products.
• PREVENT disposables from slipping past Federal Drug Administration performance standards.
• OFFER an education program through seminars, publications and trade shows to facilitate ideas and promote the exchange of ideas beneficial to the industry.
• SCHEDULE meetings with government officials concerning issues of interest to members.
ARTA is committed to promote reusables as the first choice among consumers and invites any company or individual interested in supporting the reusable textile industry to join the association.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) is the premier professional association for over 2,000 environmental service professionals and its related disciplines. AHE is the only society for environmental services professionals affiliated with the American Hospital Association. AHE offers education, professional development, advocacy and is the premier organization for information and resources on new technologies, equipment, operations and procedures.
The Association for Linen Management is the premier educational source for people and organizations that purchase, process, distribute, and manage the use of linens and other textile products. ALM was founded in 1939 by Heywood Wiley to provide a network for the flow of information among its members leading toward their professional development and the advancement of the technologies they employ. ALM is a non-profit professional organization. It is not a union, and has no collective bargaining or lobbying functions. All of the association's elected and appointed officials serve without compensation.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is a multi-disciplinary voluntary international organization with over 10,000 members. Its purpose is to influence, support and improve the quality of healthcare through the practice and management of infection control and the application of epidemiology in all health settings. The organization, which is based in Washington, DC, is led by an elected board of members who volunteer their time and expertise.
The Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) was conceived in 1972 out of recognition of the need for an organized, systematic approach to the "control" of infections acquired as a result of hospitalization.1 The name was changed to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), in 1994 to recognize the organization's maturation and evolution into the broader context of healthcare delivery in this country, which includes the study of non-infectious adverse outcomes and the movement of care outside the traditional healthcare system, specifically the hospital.
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Members shall meet on a regular basis, at least annually, to promotethe education of healthcare textile managers of cooperative/central facilities, by creating an environment where a free-flowing exchange of ideas and information can be shared for the mutual benefit of the membership and the organizations they serve.
The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association. Its business mission is to protect, promote, and professionalize the industry of its members. Members are for-profit companies engaged in textile maintenance and rental services to commercial, industrial, and institutional accounts. Associate members are for-profit companies that sell services, equipment or supplies to members. TRSA members serve hygienically clean textile items to millions of customers in commerce, industry and other professions. Major customers of most uniform and linen supply services and commercial launderers include: automobile service and repair facilities; food processing companies; pharmaceutical manufacturers and other manufacturing facilities; hotels; restaurants; hospitals; nursing homes; doctors' and dentists' offices and clinics; retail stores and supermarkets; and a variety of other industrial and service companies. TRSA serves both U.S. and international members. The textile maintenance industry had estimated 2005 sales of about $12 billion. Linen supply and industrial laundering companies employ more than 110,000 people.