HLAC does not have membership. Instead, it has a 12-person Board of Directors whose participants serve on a voluntary basis. This board is carefully recruited to represent all interested parties in the healthcare laundry industry: the laundries themselves, their employees, and, most importantly, their healthcare facility customers. No single voice dominates the board. It is truly independent and works in the best interests of the industry and its customers.
The principal benefit of being accredited is that an independent third party has inspected your laundry organization and found that it meets the highest
standards for processing healthcare textiles.
An HLAC-accredited laundry organization has demonstrated that:
The laundry organization managers understand and follow key government mandates for handling, processing, and transporting healthcare textiles. In particular, the laundry organization is following OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to the letter.
The laundry organization is designed and maintained to provide for the health and safety of its personnel and that of the healthcare facility customer – the patient.
The laundry organization personnel, who handle healthcare textiles, are properly trained.
The laundry organization follows recommended “good industry practices” in its systems, policies, and procedures that will provide the consistent delivery of healthcare textiles in the quality and quantity expected by the customer.
The laundry organization is committed to excellence and challenging itself to meet the highest industry standards.
The principal benefit to healthcare customers is the knowledge and confidence that their textile provider is meeting the highest standards for processing healthcare textiles in the industry, including strict adherence to federal government regulations and guidelines. The customer can expect a consistent and smooth flow of clean textiles; and, ultimately, the knowledge of safety for their employees and the end user – the patient.