Update from the TSA Chief Executive - 3rd June 2020
3 June 2020
DMU ProjectsAs we have mentioned previously the TSA have commissioned DMU Microbiology Department earlier this year to conduct a research in relation to healthcare test methodologies. The 12-month project has been paused due to the laboratory and University campus shutdown. Meanwhile, DMU team is focusing on a research project on Covid-19 from the perspectives of textiles and laundry operations. This research has been initiated and has attracted several expressions of interest from other National Associations to join in the project as funding partners. This also helps with costs but also more importantly gives it increased credibility when the results are published.
The work with NHSI and PCIAW has continued to progress well. We are finalising the specification for the re-usable isolation gown which the TSA will provide to both the Cabinet Office and other interested parties, with the aim that as far as possible they all work on a standard commercially launderable gown. We have already provided a full technical specification for the Surgical Gown. This will also help provide confidence to the end user that the gowns meet the required criteria and we also hope it will establish a standardisation and control of gowns across the UK Healthcare sector.
Obviously, a key element of a reusable gown is the servicing of it to maintain the properties throughout its life. We are developing a guidance document that will allow laundries not currently certified to BS EN 14065 to obtain a temporary certification to process the gowns and potentially other healthcare products in line with procedures laid out in HTM 01-04. We are working with NHSI and the Cabinet Office to have an approval process in place. We have appointed an independent assessment company to audit the process prior to commencement of service.
From our member directory we can confirm that 5 members are listed with BS EN14065 accreditation. If you are accredited, please check that it is showing. If this needs to be updated, please send a copy of your certificate to Emma and please log on to our website to add the standard accordingly. If anyone requires any assistance, please do not hesitate to email Emma.
We are continuing to work with UK Hospitality Association, and we are reviewing different options to help provide hotels and their customers with confidence that we will deliver hygienically clean linen. We think that the TSA should mandate that all members are able to provide a validation that their wash processes fully disinfect all linens, this still allows for both thermal and chemical processes, but chemical processes will require validation from your chemical supplier.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Just a reminder that this is a free service to all members – we are reviewing usage activity to ensure it is delivering value and a service members want – any feedback would be great.
Face Masks - Supply Route Support
Webinar for Small Independent Laundries
Our next set of webinars will be hosted on Thursday 18th June and we have decided to run two webinars (South & North). To register please click below:
TSA - Communication and Membership
One of the biggest positives during this crisis has been how the industry has come together and it has been great to have been able to open our communication stream to non-members. Going forward we would love to keep our connections that we have built over the past few months and invite you all into membership. Therefore, to keep receiving our updates, news, resources, and access to our full membership benefits from 1st July you would be required to become a TSA member. If you wish to receive a quote and as our membership fee is based on each company’s turnover please may you kindly complete the following Turnover Declaration Form and email it to Emma. Please note the total annual turnover should exclude any retail dry cleaning services as we do not calculate your fee based on any revenue from dry cleaning.
So far we have welcomed over seven new members and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome our latest joiners:
·East Anglia Laundry
·The Linen Hire (UK)
Still an extremely frustrating area and despite all the open letters and press releases we seem to have stalled with councils starting to push back. It is so wrong that our industry is not seen as part of the hospitality sector. Garden centres got the grant, got the rates rebate and are now open!
However, don’t give up, we just have to keep going at it! One member even suggested we all withdraw services for a day to get the attention of the press and government. We have been advised that the best approach is to try to get a question asked in Parliament as per the event industry example outlined in our Hospitality Status Bulletin and we would encourage everyone to do this via your local MP. We shall focus our lobbying more centrally with an aim to see if we can ask for an amendment of the guidance issued by the Government to include hospitality laundries on their list as this is what the local authorities use to determine eligibility. We have had another general response from the Cabinet Office in which they directed us to raise our concern directly with the HM Treasury (HMT) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and we are now awaiting their reply and we shall keep you updated with our progress.
If you are accepted or equally if you encounter a push back from your council, please email Emma. In case you would prefer to stay anonymous or if you would only like us to share your council/region please let us know.
Thanks to all of you who completed the global survey for ITSA (International Textile Services Alliance). We have sent the results to Brussels and will publish when we get them.
The two-year extension of the CCA scheme has been welcome news. We are seeing several new sites getting in touch with Jacobs to enrol in the scheme. We are currently developing a response to the consultation and our view on reforms for any future scheme. We have also formally expressed our interest to BEIS in negotiating a practical target for the new CCA reporting period. Details were shared in the webinar we hosted for our CCA members on 26th May. The timelines for presenting the evidence for our negotiations will require quick turnaround.
Feel free to phone any of the team if you want to discuss anything (Emma - 0754 322 0302, Shyju - 0754 322 0303). In the meantime, keep safe and we will keep working for you.
The more we can communicate the plight of the laundry sector the better.
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