WHY ACCREDIT - QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

 

Patient safety and quality improvement are inherently linked. The one does not exist without the other.

 

Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has
voluntarily committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes
healthcare textiles.

The HLAC-accredited laundry is built right, equipped properly and staffed with qualified and trained personnel for processing product, interacting with customers and vendors and maintaining operations in a clean and aseptic manner.

Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes healthcare textiles.

The HLAC Accreditation Process ensures a laundry has its own quality control, quality assurance and quality monitoring processes in place to provide hygienically clean linen not just once but every time. Among them:

 

Textile specifications, maintenance and inventory.

 

Laundry facility design, ventilation and chemical management.

 

Contingency planning, back-up and protocols.

 

Equipment, preventive maintenance, and operations.

 

Personnel qualifications, hygiene and training.

 

Customer policy, contact and complaint procedure.

 

Universal precautions, handling, storage and transportation.

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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Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council

P.O. Box 1306
Plainfield, IL 60544
Tollfree: 855-277-HLAC (4522)
Phone: 815-436-1404
Fax: 815-436-1403
E-mail: info@hlacnet.org