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ACCREDITATION STANDARDS

 

The Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for use in Healthcare Facilities, 2016 Edition, 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 OSHA required practices, including Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control
Standards.

 

A Part III of the Standards, address the surgical pack assembly room and its activities. This section is based on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) reference regarding reusable surgical textiles processing.

The 2016 HLAC Accreditation Standards have been released and went into effect as of January 1, 2016


With the 2016 revision, the HLAC Accreditation Standards continue to heighten awareness and increase understanding of the infection prevention and safety culture in the laundry personnel for healthcare textiles where programs, policies, procedures, and practices are common concepts and language.

Conventional washer extractors are included for the first time in these HLAC
Accreditation Standards. The central focus of health care is the patient followed by the healthcare personnel.

The elements of laundry processing are specific operations involving procedures, facilities, administrative activities, equipment, personnel, quality monitoring, and advanced technologies as appropriate. This revision presents verb changes, clarifications, and updated citations, appendices, and references.

 

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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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