TRSA celebrates the excellent safety of its members


Four TRSA members of the linen and uniform service industry and two employees (suppliers to the industry) are winners of the SafeTRSA Excellence Award 2020, who were recognized for achievements, the security gains due to the support of top management, the involvement of employees, training or one have produced or reflected good communication.

Almost 18 months old, Cooperative laundry, a start-up for hospitality laundry in Kearny, New Jersey, is building a safety culture that embraces all employees and is most focused on engineers. Security is seen as the foundation and high point of the business, with these pillars (principles) maintaining the goal of zero unsafe actions, mistakes and surprises: personal responsibility (security is everyone's job), questioning attitude (to discover unsafe situations), knowledge, communication and Teamwork. Engineers only had two reportable incidents, which resulted in better compliance with standard operations

Novo health servicesThe Atlanta-based operator of four laundries for healthcare laundry services demonstrates outstanding security performance through management leadership, employee engagement, on-site analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. The company's safety and health manual contains 25 comprehensive guidelines, for which special training courses have been developed and, if necessary, presented. An online program assigns monthly tasks with the required completion dates, including training, fire exercises, review of the emergency action plan, review and submission of records by OSHA, and on-site and corporate team audits that define corrective actions.

A 100-year-old provider of medical bedding for industry and retail and a member of the Healthcare Linen Services Group, Logan's uniform, Shelbyville, Kentucky has a long history with little or no security issues. There were no reportable incidents in 2019 and no downtime incidents since January 2017. The company attributes this success in part to a "culture of care" that is supported by years of security expertise and daily monitoring. The behavior of the employees is carefully monitored and corrected if necessary. When a person performs a dangerous task, a colleague or manager is present for the duration. Incentives or bonuses are granted without incidence.

UniFirst Corp.The Partners in Safety program awards quarterly points to employees based on their safety metrics and on-site to "get caught in safety". The program of this international, unified service chain encourages employees to set security goals and reward them when these goals are achieved. A website dedicated to the program offers opportunities to award points and allows employees to redeem points for the selection of thousands of items. The longer an employee works safely, the more points are collected and the more valuable items can be redeemed.

Moving to associated winners who Ecolab textile care The division's role in the company's Goal Zero program protects employees and laundry customers. The mass test process for digitally checking the right product is delivered to the right customer in the right tank and also protects the environment. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based division uses Intelex, a global web-based system for compliance and management functions, to anticipate safety concerns and mitigate risks before they cause accidents. The drivers receive a safety course every year and training behind the wheel every three years. CarChip, Virtual Risk Manager (VRM) and mentor applications guide behavior changes and prevent incidents. A global lockout / tagout guideline reduces the risk of injury in chemical production. Technicians working in laundries benefit from an electrical safety training program that controls the repair of chemical dispensers.

Manufacturer of rotational molded cars Meese In Ashtabula, Ohio, after identifying hazards in its molding process, the “hierarchy of controls” (assessing the best ways to protect PPE (least protective) to eliminating hazards (most)) was used to redesign molding jobs , The new units significantly reduce the risk of slipping, stumbling and falling when working on a small, elevated, open platform. Redesigning stairs and platforms also reduced ergonomic hazards and fatigue. The platforms were widened and made with adjustable legs to accommodate workers of different sizes. Railings and protective doors were added to the platforms, and wood was used for floors and stairs instead of steel. Containers for tools, parts, and resin powder and waste containers became an integral part of the stations, so that the platform no longer had to be left to regain them.

These winners will be honored at the 10th TRSA Annual Conference in Washington on March 25.

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