TSA highlights some constructive elements because the hospitality sector wakes up after the ban

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The Textile Services Association (TSA) has sent its twelfth update to members since the outbreak and closure of Covid-19 in March. In summary, important points from the CEO's message are listed here.

The TSA continues to lobby with another open letter addressed to MPs and continues its webinars. She says she may be just beginning to make real progress with the cabinet office in processing guidelines for reusable health uniforms.


Spme positive news for the reopening of hospitality laundries after the closure came from UK Hospitality (UKH), which works closely with TSA. The company released the results of its own survey, which shows that 60% of the venues are scheduled to open in early July. This is expected to increase to 75% by the end of the month.

Regular calls to European TSA colleagues and DVT (the German TSA) found that their members noticed that the volume of laundry sent per room was not significantly different from that prior to Covid-19, and that rural hotels experienced a much faster upswing than their urban colleagues 75% utilization versus 40%. Some TSA members gave feedback that bookings in rural hotels and tourist resorts also appear to be increasing in the UK.

Lobbying for hospitality laundries continues with a more targeted approach to sending personalized letters to Tory MPs. It also seems that MEPs are more open and understanding and listen to industry concerns when the message comes from a laundry in their constituency.


The TSA reported that more reusable garments are entering the healthcare market, but noted that the cabinet office does not communicate the procurement and specification of these garments well, and that healthcare providers see significant amounts of non-CE labeled garments. The government and the NHSI are aware of the problem and the TSA has been informed that it will issue guidance for all sectors in which garments must be manufactured in accordance with EN13795. TSA expects the NHSI to approve level 2 processing of health documents shortly. You want to make sure that all clothes are processed to a certain standard, and rely on the TSA to provide instructions here.

The TSA said it sees a real opportunity to leverage the momentum of reusable insulation garments and the standards the government wants to introduce to hold high-level national and local discussions with the nursing home sector. "It will not be an easy market, but there has never been a better time to start," said David Stevens, CEO of TSA.

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Stevens concluded the update with the words: “The current pandemic has brought a lot of grief and distress not only to our industry, but worldwide. We hope that we can all do this together, and we feel privileged that we have had the opportunity to support the entire industry in these difficult times. However, TSA communication is immediately shared with members only. "

During the more than three-month ban, the TSA freely exchanged information and guidance across the industry, and as a result, gained a number of new members. “It was a difficult decision to exclude non-members, but it is only fair for those who paid for full membership to do so. We hope that the number of members will continue to grow as we are so much stronger together. "

For information about TSA membership, contact:

T: 0203 151 5600

E: tsa@tsa-uk.org

W: www.tsa-uk.org

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