WHY HLAC - HISTORY

HISTORY

 

Professionals Working Independently with the Highest of Standards in the Best Interests of the Industry

HLAC was formed in 2005 in response to years of requests from textile professionals for an independent accrediting body that would create a program of certification acknowledging that a laundry organization meets the highest standards for processing textiles.

Today, no current program is as detailed as HLAC’s, or applies to all types of
laundry operations: on premise, co-op and commercial (HLAC is not in competition with, nor does it conflict with any other accrediting organization.)

HLAC’s standards, which have been professionally recognized, cover the complete textile processing cycle, from handling and transporting soiled
healthcare textiles, to in-plant processing and delivery back to the customer.

The standards also cover many basic considerations, such as facility layout,
personnel training and customer service. Special attention has been directed to laundry processes directly related to patient safety and OSHA required practices, including Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Standards.

HLAC has earned a distinguished reputation for the credibility and quality of its standards.

Important Notice About the HLAC Accreditation Program

 

An HLAC inspector’s assessment of a provider’s facility and processes for the production of hygienically clean reusable healthcare textiles is based on the integrated requirements, best practices, and guidance from diverse entities adopted by reference in the 2016 HLAC Accreditation Standards. HLAC inspectors are not certified as state or federal surveyors nor should compliance with HLAC Standards be interpreted as state or federal certified compliance with all state or federal regulations.  Neither are HLAC inspectors qualified to certify compliance with local regulations or the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Laundries are typically inspected only once every three years but may be inspected more frequently.  The laundry undertakes to maintain the accreditation standards throughout the three years but HLAC makes no warranties to this effect.  HLAC DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS OF PARTICIPATING LAUNDRIES.

 

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