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Laundry Manual 1998

Laundry Manual 1998
 
CONTENTS :
 
 
SECTION 1
 
THE CARE AND HANDLING OF LINEN
The Processing of Linen                                          1
Protective Clothing                                              5
Thermal Disinfection                                             6
 Safetex Bag System and Dissolvo Sacks                           7
Laundering of Kitchen Laundry                                     17
Laundering of Colour Coded cloths and mops                       18
The Care of Polycotton in the Laundry                            20
Checklist for Care and Handling of Linen                         22
SECTION 2
THE CLEANING OF THE LAUNDRY
Cleaning of the Laundry                                          1
Check list for Cleaning of Laundry                               6
SECTION 3
THE USE AND CARE OF LAUNDRY  EQUIPMENT
The Use and Care of Washing Machines                             1
The Use and Care of Hydro -Extractors                            3
The Use and Care of Tumble Dryers                                4
The Tumble Dryers - Drying Temperatures                          5
The Use and Care of Rotary Ironers                               6
The Use and Care of Hand Ironers                                 7
Checklist for the Use and Care of Laundry Equipment              8
 
 
SECTION 4
THE LAUNDERING AND CARE OF SOFT FURNISHING
The Laundering and Care of Duvet Quilts and Pillows              1
The Laundering and Care of Curtains                              3
The Laundering and Care of Reusable Bed Pads                     6
Cheecklist for the Laundering and Care of Soft Furnishing        7
SECTION 5                                                        Appendix
APPENDICES
Job Description for a  Laundry Assistant                          1
Social Services Departmental Procedure 33/93                     2
Mattress Protectors                                              3
Duvet and Pillow Protectors                                      4
 
Information on : Reusable Bedpads and Chair pads                 5
Information On Dissolvo SacK Stand                               6
Information on Laundry Bins/Bags                                 7
Products Used  in the Laundry                                     8
Information on Diversey Lever Laundry Products                   9
Information on Proctor and Gamble Laundry Products (Ariel)       10
Laundry Equipment Custom Plan Agreement for Labour and Materials 11
Information on Electrolux Washing Machine                        12
Information on Electrolux Tumble Dryers                          13
Information on Electrolux Rotary Ironers                         14
Washing Symbols                                                  15
Guidelines on Community Laundry                                  16
Examples of Weights of Various Items                              17
Risk Assessment for Laundry Staff                                18
 
 
 
 
                                   SECTION 1
 
 
                        THE CARE AND HANDLING OF LINEN
 
 
 THE PROCESSING OF LINEN
 
     SORTING
 
All laundry must be sorted into three main categories:
                        A = used
                        B = infected
                        C = heat labile
 
A.   USED/SOILED:
      This is all normally soiled laundry which may be washed by hand or
      machine in accordance with the care label.
 
     Rubber gloves must be worn.
 
 
 
B.   INFECTED:
      Any laundry which has been soiled by any body spillage or used by
      persons suffering from infection.
 
      Disposable gloves and plastic aprons must be worn.
 
      Solid matter e.g. faeces, vomit must be removed by:-
 
1.  Sluicing: where there is that facility
 
2.  Flushing down a toilet.
 
3.  Removing solid matter with paper towels and placing these in double
    plastic bags and putting into the dustbin or medical waste in/bag.
 
 
*  Most of our commercial washing machines do have sluicing facilities, but
  solid matter must be removed from items in sluice or toilet before being
  taken to the laundry in a safetex or dissolvo sack to be processed in a
  machine.
 
* The hospital programme must be used for all infected laundry. If the
  washing machine does not have this setting the hottest wash possible for
  the fabric should be used and sanisoft, bactericidal fabric conditioner
  added to the final rinse.
 
* Safetex bags/dissolvo sacks must be available for use with machines having
  a sluicing facility, or a cold rinse programme.
*
C.   HEAT LABILE CLOTHING
 
* This is clothing manufactured from fabrics which would be damaged by normal
  heat disinfection or by machine washing. e.g. thermal underwear, knitted
  polyester.
 
* These must be washed according to care label at temperatures below 40°C.
 
* These items cause concern if they become infected as bacteria will multiply
  on the fabrics. The Department of Health recommend the use of bleach to
  disinfect such items; however, this is not advisable as it damages the
  fibres.
 
*    A combined fabric conditioner and bacteria sanitiser called Sanisoft
     (Catalogue No. 598948) is now available to disinfect Heat labile items.
     Sanisoft replaces Divosan QC. Sanisoft has a lemon fragrance and will not
     damage fabrics. It is a fabric conditioner so must not be used on fabrics
     that are required to be absorbent e.g. reusable bed pads. The chemical is
     fed into the machine during the final rinse via the liquid dosing system.
 
 N.B. Sanisoft can only be used on washing machines with the liquid dosing
     system installed.
To install please contact your Diversey Lever representative.
For Further information contact the Hotel Services Officer (01962 847289) or
your Diversey Lever Representative. (See appendix 9)
 
 Laundry will also be sorted by other groups:-
 
Fabric type:Cotton, polycotton, synthetics
 
"Area" type:Kitchen, laundry, overalls, resident's clothing, dining room
laundry
 
Colour: Light and dark colours.
(i.e.. residents bedroom, bathroom toilet etc.)
 
* All used/ infected/heat labile items must be initially sorted at source by
     care staff etc.
 
* No linen contaminated with body fluids shall be mixed with used linen as
  this would make all linen infected and would therefore require processing
  on a hospital setting (thermal disinfection)
 
* All linen containing body fluid such as urine, blood, vomit and faeces must
  be put into a safetex bag or dissolvo sack if no safetex bag is available
  and sorted as described in Section 1 page 7-16
 
* All used/infected linen must be sorted into covered bins/trolley
 
* Used/infected linen must not be carried around the establishment in staff
  arms unless within a safetex bag or dissolvo sack.
* Where a laundry chute is used all infected linen must be thrown down a
  chute in a colour coded bag/ safetex bag or dissolvo sack.
* The laundry chute door must be locked when not in use and fittted with a
  guard to prevent persons falling down the chute.
*  Where  possible the use of the laundry chute should be discontinued.
TROLLEYS AND BINS TO SORT/COLLECT/STORE & TRANSPORT USED/INFECTED LINEN
 
The trolley/ bin used to sort/collect/store and transport used or infected
linenfrom source to laundry chute or laundry room must be looked at as part of
the risk assessment to ensure that it reduces the risk of contamination from
micro organisms and moving and handling injuries to staff.
They should have the following features:-
 
*     well fitting lid
*     easy to load and unload e.g hinged lid
*     on wheels
*     braked wheels if required
*     easy to manoeuvre
*     has a handle to assist with moving
*     correct height which does not create a stooped posture when moving,
      loading unloadingeasy to unload
*     easy to clean/disinfect
*     allow laundry to be sorted into differentbins/bags e.g. colour coded
      bags
 
* Laundry must not be sorted on the floor unless this is unavoidable. There
  should be sufficient laundry bins/ colour coded bags available for each
  group as previous discused.
 
For information on laundry bins and bags contact the Hotel Services Officer
or Hardware Section at County Supplies 01962 846157
 
                             ( SEE APPENDIX 6& 7 )
 
                              PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
 
 
* Laundry Assistants must wear overalls or work wear such as polo
  shirts/trousers/tabard when working in the laundry . .
 
*  Rubber gloves must be worn :-
 
i. When handling used/soiled laundry.
 
ii. When hand washing.
 
iii For all cleaning tasks.
 
iv. When changing over containers on liquid dosing system or handling any
washing powder or fabric softener.
 
* Disposable gloves and plastic aprons must be available in the laundry for
  laundry assistant to wear when handling infected laundry.
 
* Laundry staff must report to their manager any skin irritation such as dry
  skin, rash, allergy or dermatitis. Manager must follow guidelines as laid
  down in Hazardous Substances COSHH Manual.
 
 It is advisable that disposable gloves are kept in a plastic dispenser on the
wall.
 
* Eye protection such as safety over glasses or goggles must be worn when
  dispensing chemicals, changing liquid dosing bottles
 
*  Face masks must be worn when cleaning the lint screen on the tumble drier.
 
 
                              THERMAL DISINFECTION
 
 
Thermal disinfection involves holding washing liquor for sufficient
time/sufficient temperature to disinfect items washed on such programmes.
 
On the majority of washing machines purchased during the last 15 years this is
built into the Hospital Programme.
 
The hospital programme ensures that:-
 
65°C (Polycotton) temperature is maintained for at least 10 minutes.
 
93°Ctemperature is maintained for at least 3 minutes.
 
Items washed at these programmes are thermally disinfected and most
bacteria/viruses are destroyed during the washing process.
 
ITEMS WHICH MUST BE THERMAL DISINFECTED
 
1. Infected items - items contaminated with a body spillage.
 
2. All bedding.
 
3. All towels/flannels.
 
4. Kitchen cloths/tea towels/uniforms. See Section 1 page 16
 
5. Workwear/uniforms generally. e.g tabards
 
6. Colour coded mops and cloths if commercial machine used - polycotton 65°C
     or 71°C cotton hospital programme.
 
N.B.On all Electrolux machines the polycotton setting has a slow cool down
which maintains the non crease qualities of the fabric. This setting also has
a short spin.
 
 
                            THE SAFETEX BAG SYSTEM
BACKGROUND
This system provides a simple and effective method of protecting staff and
service users from infections from body fluids from all infected laundry. It
is environmentally friendly as it reduces the use and disposal of red plastic
dissolvo sacks  within establishments each day. The bag is washed and dried
with the load or air dried and therefore does not use any additional energy.`
 
 
LEGAL GUIDELINES
 
Although there is no specific Health and Safety Regulation for laundry
operations, it is covered under the Health And Safety at Work Act 1974 and the
Management of Health and Safety Regulation 1992. It would also be required
under
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation 1995 as micro organisms
are included in this regulation.
 
HEALTH SERVICE GUIDELINES HSG(95)18
The NHS have produced guidelines which should be adopted as good practice by
all laundries who handle potentially infected laundry; this includes NHS
laundries , private laundries, all nursing and residential homes in house
laundries. The purpose of the guidelines are to protect staff handling and
processing linen.
 
These guidelines include the collection, sorting and washing of linen. The
guidelines recommend that all laundry is sorted at source.
 
It is felt that these guidelines may soon become the framework for a health
and safety regulation and are accepted by the Health and Safety Executive as a
good practise standard..
 
 
Hampshire Social Services have to work on the assumption that all laundry
contaminated with body secretions could be infected and must be sorted at
source. Until recently the method used to prevent laundry staff coming into
contact with infected laundry was dissolvo sacks.
DISSOLVO SACKS (The previous system)
 
Dissolvo sacks are the patent name for a red plastic sack which has a cold
water soluble strip and cold water soluble tie manufactured by a company
called ENAK.
The bags are widely used throughout the country in health, nursing homes and
residential homes both private, voluntary and local authority run.
For many years ENAK have had been the only manufacturer of this type of
system.
 
 
The purpose of dissolvo sacks is to isolate and transport soiled and infected
laundry from the source to the laundry room
 
 
Dissolvo sacks are a single use. The sack is put into a washing machine and
the sluice cycle opens the bag, releasing the items and allowing the laundry
to be washed. The plastic bag is disposed of at the end of the washing cycle.
 
Before the devolvment of budgets to areas and units, the purchase of dissolvo
sacks was held centrally in the incontinence budget. Managers where therefore
able to purchase as many bags as required. However many units did not use the
sacks as required so consumption although high was not as high as one would
expect.
 
Today with the budgets restrictions Dissolvo sacks are not used for all
laundry contaminated with body secretions, the minimum standards laid down in
the previous Laundry Manual where:-
 
  *  during an outbreak of Diarrhoea and vomiting
  *  when a resident has a know infection
  *  during bed changing at night
  *  during staff sickness or holiday when laundry will not be processed for
     some time
  
The actual uses in residential units vary, e.g. some units only use them
during an outbreak, some only use them at night others use them more
frequently. The reasons for this varies but some suggestions are:-
 
  *  varying laundry systems
  *  budget restraint vs. health and safety
  *  lack of knowledge by managers
  *  poor control of usage by managers and staff
  *  lack of management support
  *  lack of training for staff
  *  lack of staff awareness of their existence
  *  incorrect use e.g. used as a waste bag
This system is recommended by the department of health and is particularly
important in many residential homes in Hampshire as laundry often has to be
transported near to kitchen, dining room. front entrances and laundries are
often sited near to the main kitchens.
 
THE DISADVANTAGES OF THE DISSOLVO SACK SYSTEM
 
* cost 20p each
* not used by all establishments as necessary
* training only occurs as part of the departmental laundry course or by
  management in the establishment.
* one use only
* linen must be sorted before placing in the bag
* damage to clothing due to incorrect sorting into bags.
* mixed loads require various temperatures
* under/overloading
* incorrect use
* environmental plastic usage and waste
* plastic bags can be faulty
* plastic bag can burst when thrown down a laundry chute.
* bag will disintegrate if soluble strip becomes wet.
* staff found handling bag with wet hands can often cause the bag ties or
  strip to dissolve.
* staff remove the soluble ties and cause holes to appear in the bag.
* water soluble ties are often missing
* if not sealed correctly the  bag will not open fully
 
THE ADVANTAGES ARE:-
 
* infected laundry is only handled at source.
* micro organisms can't multiply
* less risk of infection to staff and residents
* less risk of cross contamination
* Ammonia can't form due to lack of oxygen therefore urine smells are not
  produced.
* prevents stains setting as laundry doesn't dry out
* laundry can be safely transported near to kitchen etc.
* dirty laundry can be left until laundry assistant is on duty this could be
  days.
* laundry can be transported safely in cars e.g. community laundry
* can be used for an emergency such as machinery breakdown.
 
 HOW TO USE DISSOLVO SACKS
The use of  dissolvo sacks now will  be minimal but  when needed staff  should
follow the following instructions.
 
1.    A supply of dissolvo sacks should be kept on the premises for emergency
      use ofortransport of infected linen outside the premises. e.g. Community
      Laundry, day centres, vehicles. A sack stand is available to hold the
      sacks when in use.
 
2.   Items must be sorted before putting in the sack, i.e. polycotton and
      cotton Items which cannot withstand thermal disinfection must be put
      into a separate dissolvo sack to other infected items to allow laundry
      staff to process at low temperatures with sanisoft bactericidal fabric
      conditioner added.Items must be sluiced off to remove organic matter
      before placing in the sack.
 
3.   Don't remove the water soluble tie from the side of the sack as this can
      cause holes to appear in the sack.
 
4.   Place items in the bag. Turn the water soluble strip side of the sack to
      the back of the sack stand. This stops water running down the front of
      the sack dissolving the strip.( For information on sack stand see
      appendix 6)
 
5.   When the bag is two-thirds full, exhaust the air in the sack and tie
      tightly using the water soluble tape supplied.
      i)  Do not overfill bag or it will not fit into machine.
      ii) Do not knot the bag - this will prevent the soluble strip dissolving
            fully.
      iii)  Do not leave bags open after filling. This allows bacteria to
            escape and odours to be given off.
 
6.   Take Dissolvo sacks to laundry. Do not store on a wet floor or in a sink
      as water will dissolve the strip.
 
7.   Without opening the bag place in the machine as soon as possible.
 
8.   The machine should be set for a sluice programme followed by a hospital
      programme. Alternatively, a cold rinse followed by a hot wash may be
      used if machine has no hospital programme.
 
9.   During the cold sluice/cold rinse, both strip ties will dissolve and
      contents of bag will be released into drum.
 
10.  At the end of the cold sluice/cold rinse programme and without opening
      the machine door or removing the bag, the items should then be washed on
      a hospital programme so that the bag and contents are thermally
      disinfected.
 
11.  The sack must be removed at the end of the wash cycle and thrown in the
      waste bin.
 
DISSOLVO SACKS USAGE AND COST PER ESTABLISHMENT (1998)
 
The consumption of dissolvo sacks varies but if an establishment used the
sacks to transport all laundry contaminated with body fluid such as urine,
blood, vomit and faeces, the average consumption would be 10 per day.
 
THE COST
 
 Dissolvo sacks cost approx. £40 per box of 200 therefore cost per bag is .20p
 
If one establishment use 10 bags per day cost per day is £2
 
Therefore the annual cost is
 
2 X 365 = £730 per annum
 
 
FUTURE USE OF DISSOLVO SACKS
There will be a future need for dissolvo sacks
  *  when extra bags are needed in an emergency such as an outbreak of
     infection, staff shortages.
  *  for use in establishments who operate a community laundry e.g.
     Nightingale Lodge.
  *  when a day care service user requires infected clothing to be transported
     to their home for washing.
  *  when needed to transport infected laundry in a vehicle.
 
THE SAFETEX SYSTEM (The New System)
This is an alternative bag to the dissolvo sack which is more cost effective,
provides a quality service, is environmentally sound and protects the health
and safety of staff and service users.
 
Content Ltd. have recently introduced a reusable alternative to the dissolvo
sack called Safetex. They have the patent of this design and will supply
direct to the establishments. Content Ltd. have also provided laundry trolleys
to a number of homes in the last 2 years.
 
This system will be introduced during 1998 to all residential and some day
care units who handle infected laundry and will form part of the control
measures required under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Regulation 1995.
 
All residential establishment who have potentially infected laundry on their
premises will receive full training before implementing this system. This
training should be completed in full by July 1998.
Training, all staff who handle infected laundry must attend the training
session. This includes:-
 
  *  care assistants
  *  night care assistants
  *  senior care assistants
  *  management
  *  laundry assistant
  *  relief laundry staff
 
The initial purchase of the bags is being funded centrally so all invoices
will be sent to your Property Services Assistant for payment. Any additional
bags or future replacements will be funded by the establishment.
 
 
 
SAFETEX BAGS
 
The system consists of a waterproof bag which is held together with poppers.
The bags are supplied in three colour:
 
  *  RED
  *  BLUE
  *  GREEN
 
THE COST
 
Considerable cost saving can be made by introducing the Safetex system.
Cost per Safetex bag is £12.95
 
If a home use 10 dissolvo sacks it is estimated they would require at least 20
Safetex bags to allow for processing time.
 
20 x £12.95 = £259 per annum
 
 
TOTAL COST OF DISSOLVO SACKS PER UNIT PER ANNUM = £ 730
TOTAL COST OF SAFETEX BAGS PER UNIT PER ANNUM = £ 250
 
The total saving per annum would be £480
 
These figures reflect the saving made if Safetex bags were used to transport
all contaminated linen.
This saving would be greater as although the bags are guaranteed for 250
washes, which means if washed alternate days would last 500 days. I have also
found that reusable bed pads which are made of a similar plastic they are
still in use years after their expected lifespan. Chris Speak from Content has
also commented that the bags have been on sale for 18 months and as yet no
original customer has had to  purchase replacements.
 
The bag is washed and dried with the load so there is no extra washing/ drying
costs.
 
If bag is aired dried outside during dry weather this also prolongs the life.
bags don't have to be fully dry to be re-issued for use.
 
ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES COMPARED TO DISSOLVO SACK
 
* cost
* training provided to staff before use.
* guaranteed at least 250 washes each
* environmentally friendly as does not waste plastic bags.
*  fully waterproof
* will not disintegrate if wet.
* staff are able to sort with use of colour coded system
* all linen contaminated with body spillage can be put into Safetex bag
* only care staff handle linen contaminated with body fluids
* the same system will be introduced throughout Social services therefore any
  member of staff can work in another unit and be familiar with the system.
* the initial purchase is funded from the central budget.
 
THE DISADVANTAGES OF DISSOLVO SACKS ARE REMOVED
 
THE ONLY DISADVANTAGES OF THIS SYSTEM COMPARED TO THE DISSOLVO SACK ARE:-
 
* items must be correctly sorted by care staff to ensure that items are
  washed at the correct temperature.
* the bags are not transparent so staff must use the correct coloured bags
* care staff will need to be trained in sorting
* ensuring that there are enough Safetex bags available.
* dissolvo sacks may still be required for use in an outbreak of infection in
  the establishment as there will be more infected linen.
* dissolvo sacks will still be required for infected linen being transported
  outside the establishment e.g. infected linen being brought in or taken
  home by respite, community laundries or day care service users
HOW TO USE THE SAFETEX SYSTEM
1.   Care staff sort all laundry contaminated with any body fluid into one of
     3 coloured bags at source e.g. bedroom, bathroom, toilet and medical
     rooms.
 
  *  RED All items contaminated with body fluid that can be washed at 65°C
     Hospital Programme with a fabric conditioner added e.g cotton and
     polycotton bedding,
  *  GREEN All reusable bed pads, chair pads and personal pads. These items
     can be washed at a hospital programme but fabric conditioner must not be
     added as it affects the absorbency.
  *  BLUE All items contaminated with body fluids that cannot be washed at a
     hospital programme (Heat labile) e.g personal clothing.
 
2.   Any item which requires sluicing is taken to the sluice in the sealed
     bag, removed sluiced and returned to the Safetex bag and then resealed.
 
3.   Bags must not be overfilled, or under filled, if a bag had only a few
     items in it must be sealed and reopened when there are another items.
 
4    Sealed bags must be taken to the laundry in a laundry trolley or down the
     laundry chute and stored there until processing.
 
5.   The laundry assistant sorts and processes the bags by colour.
  *  RED bags processed with a sluice/prewash Main wash Hospital programme
     65°C destainer and fabric conditioner turned on.
  *  BLUE bags processes with a sluice and then main wash 30/40 °C no
     destainer used. Sanisoft the bactericidal fabric conditioner is  added.
  *  GREEN bags processes with sluice and pre wash. Main wash 65 or 71°C with
     destainer and no fabric conditioner or sanisoft added.
 
6.   The 3 poppers at the top are opened before the bags are put fully into
     the machine. The bag is put into washing machine bottom first, before
      closing the machine the popper on the tie are undone.
 
7.   After washing the bags are either line dried or in the tumble dryer for
      15 minutes medium heat.
 
8.   The 3 popper at the top edge must be done up before returning to the
      sluices for future use.
 
LAUNDERING OF KITCHEN LAUNDRY
 
*     All kitchen laundry must be washed on a hospital programme.
*     If the laundry has no hospital programme wash on the hottest programme
      possible.
 
*     Items must not be bought for use in the kitchen if they cannot be
      treated at a minimum 65°C hospital programme.
 
*    All uniforms used in the kitchen and for serving meals should be
     washed in-house.
 
*    Yellow kitchen mop heads areas may be washed with blue and green mops.
     See Laundering of Mops Section 1 page 16
 
*    Kitchen tea towels, oven cloths and yellow cloths must be washed
     together.
*    Kitchen laundry i.e. dish cloths, mop heads, tea towels, tablecloths,
     napkins, must be kept separate from other laundry within the
     establishment.
*    Wash polycotton napkins and tablecloths on 65°C  hospital programme.
 
*    Wash tea towels and dishcloths at 93°C or 71°C hospital programme.
 
*    Heat labile tableware e.g. nylon table cannot be washed above 40/50°C.
     and if available Sanisoft should be added to final rinse in the machine.
 
* There must be a covered bin designated for kitchen laundry only into which
  all the items above are placed when used/soiled/dirty.
 
LAUNDERING OF COLOUR CODED MOPS ANDCLOTHS
 
(REFER ALSO TO CLEANING WITH COLOURS VIDEO AND SOCIAL SERVICES CLEANING
 MANUAL).
 
MOP HANDLES
 
Should be stored in clips on a wall surface.
 
LAUNDERING OF MOP HEADS / CLOTHS
 
a)  Mops heads and cloths used with approved disinfectant
    should be washed together:
i.e. White mop heads from Spot Mops
     Red mop heads from toilets and sluices
     All red cloths
 
b)   All other mop heads may be washed together: i.e.
         Green mop heads from bathrooms and laundries
         Blue mop heads from general areas
         Yellow mop heads from kitchens
         and Blue and Green cloths.
 
c)   Yellow cloths from the kitchen and tea-towels should be washed
     together.
 
 
There must be bins with lids provided to sort and store used mops before
washing. Ideally these bins should be colour coded. The minimum standard is 3
bins to store mops and cloths as above.
 
DIFFERENT METHODS OF WASHING MOP HEADS AND CLOTHS:
 
a)In a domestic washing machine which has been specifically
designated for the laundering of the mop heads.
 
i)     Put mop heads and cloths in a laundry bag.
 
ii)    Put a small amount of washing powder (approx. 1 oz or 25 gms) in the
       machine.
 
iii)   Wash items on the hottest wash cycle.
 
iv)    Dry mop heads and cloths in the appropriate drier.
 
The machine must not be used to launder any other type of laundry.
 
 
b)  In commercial machines - this is only appropriate where there
    are sufficient mop heads and cloths to be laundered.
 
    i)   Put mop heads and cloths in a laundry bag.
 
ii) If the machine has liquid dosing, switch this off and use only a
    small amount of soap powder (as above).
 
iii) Wash mop heads and cloths on the 'Hospital' wash cycle (Polycotton 65°C.)
 
iv)  Mop heads and cloths can be dried in the 'tumble drier' on the cool
     setting.
 
c)   By hand - where there are insufficient mop heads to make a machine wash
     economic. Items can be soaked in a solution of washing powder and
     then washed out by hand, rinsed thoroughly and line dried.
 
 It is advisable to wash all mop heads once a week in the machine to help to
retain their colour, but do remember:
 
      All mop heads and red cloths used with approved disinfectant should
      be washed together in a separate load.
 
      Use the 'Hospital' wash cycle on commercial machines.
 
                           (POLYCOTTON 65°C OR 71°C.)
 
 
                     THE CARE OF POLYCOTTON IN THE LAUNDRY
 
* Polyester/cotton materials require different handling to cotton items.
  Polyester/cotton It is in some ways stronger but in other ways more
  sensitive to how it is handled.
 
* Polyester/cotton materials include 'polycotton' which is an easy care
  material with a mixture of polyester and cotton in different percentages
  e.g. 50:50, 60:40, 70:30. In the following the term polycotton will be
  used.
 
* Polycotton is devised to combine the advantages of each.
 
* Polycotton is man made, very strong, has a memory (heat can change the
  memory).
 
* Cotton is natural, porous, soft, absorbent, comfortable but
  wrinkles easily.
 
THERMAL SHOCK
 
 If polycotton is subjected to a sudden change in temperature e.g. from very
hot to cold and vice versa, the straight fibres of the manmade fibre are
distorted and so are no longer straight. The fabric therefore becomes
creased.
The creasing and damage caused by thermal shock is permanent.
 
SORTING
 
a)   Separate out polycotton from cotton as polycotton is attracted to lint
      and will become fluffy.
 
b)   Separate heavy soiled and normal soiled if possible to stop soiling
     redepositing on items.
 
c)   Separate colours: Light and dark. Polycotton will absorb some colours.
 
 
 
WASH
 
a)   Do not overload machine.
 
 i)  If the load cannot turn easily creasing will occur.
 ii) Overloading will mean that detergent cannot work in correct
     concentration.
iii) Items will not be cleaned efficiently.
 
NB  If creasing occurs because of overloading, items will need to be rewashed.
 
b)  Wash polycotton on the 'Polycotton' setting only.
 
N.B Rewashing will not help in such cases, the creasing caused by thermal
    shock is permanent.
 
 
SPIN DRY
 
Never use a separate hydro-extractor or spin drier for polycotton.
 
TUMBLE DRYING
 
a) Do not overload
 
b) Do not mix loads
 
c) Set the temperature for polycotton.
 
d) Set the time/cool down. Polycotton needs approximately 30 minutes drying
   with minutes cool down.
 
e) Do not remove items before cool down occurs or 'thermal shock' and creasing
   will occur.
 
f) When tumble drier has finished unload immediately. Fold or drape items to
prevent creasing.
 
g) If items are left in tumble drier creasing will occur. These items may need
to be rewashed to remove creasing or tumble dried on no heat to allow creasing
to drop out.
 
h) Items left in tumble drier are a potential fire hazard.
 
IRONING
Polycotton items must not be ironed or thermal shock will occur.
 
When items have a thermal shock the only way to remove creasing temporarily is
to iron. Therefore, once item has been ironed it will always need ironing.
 
If you have any item that has been mistreated in the past and now have to be
ironed ensure that when new bedding is bought it is not mixed up with the
damaged e.g. for bedding or tableware buy a different colour or design
 
If polycotton is looked after correctly it is a very easy to care for fabric
 
 
 CHECKLIST FOR THE CARE AND HANDLING OF
 
LINEN
This checklist must be photocopied and completed at least once a year or more
frequently as necessary e.g. induction of new staff or introduction of
systems.It should be completed by the the officer with responsibility for the
laundry and the relevant staff. It should be filed in Section 1 of the Laundry
Manual.
 
 
 
 NO   ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS                              Delete as
                                                                  applicable
  1   Are disposable gloves and aprons worn by all staff who      YES   NO
      handle infected linen?
  2   Are disposable gloves, aprons, face mask and eye protection YES   NO
      available in the laundry?
  3   Are all infected heat labile items disinfected using        YES   NO
      Divosan QC or Sanisoft fabric conditioner?
  4   Is all use/infected laundry sorted at source by care staff? YES   NO
  5   Are mobile covered bins/trollies used to transport and      YES   NO
      store all used/infected laundry?
  6   Are safetex or dissolvo sacks used to  transport and store   YES   NO
      all used/infected laundry?
  7   Do you have sufficicient Safetex bags for your needs        YES   NO
  8   Do you have dissolvo sacks available for emergency use?     YES    NO
  9   Is the hospital programme on the washing machine used to    YES   NO
      thermally disinfect all of the following:- bedding, towels,
      hankerchiefs, flannels, kitchen Items, workware,tablecloths
      and napkins?
  10   Is there at least 3 covered bins available to store colour  YES   NO
      coded mops and cloths
 11   Is there a covered bin designated for kitchen laundry only  YES   NO
 12   Are all mops and cloths washed as laid down in the laundry  YES   NO
      manual?
 13   Do all staff who process poly cotton items follow the       YES   NO
      guidelines as laid down in the manual?
 14   Is all clean laundry transported to linen                   YES   NO
      cupboards,bedrooms etc. on a suitable trolley
 15   Is all clean laundry transported and separated from         YES   NO
      used/infected linen?
 16   ACTION REQUIRED                                             BY WHOM
 
 
 
                                   SECTION 2
                           THE CLEANING OF THE LAUNDRY
 
 
                             CLEANING THE LAUNDRY
THE PREMISES
 
 
DAILY TASKS ( SEE APPENDIX 8 )
 
 
1.  Laundry Surfaces
 
i)  Put 5 litres (1 gallon) of hot water in a bucket.
 
ii) Add 5 ml (1 tsp.) neutral detergent or Professional Flash Powder as
    directed on the box.
iii)  Using a green cloth wipe all laundry surfaces e.g. work surfaces and
      laundry trolleys.
 
2.    Sinks, Sluices: (where sited in laundry area)
 
 i)   Use cream cleanser or authorised washroom/bathroom cleaner and green
      cloth to clean sluices, sinks and draining boards in laundry.
 ii)  After surfaces have been cleaned with the detergent solution, that must
      be disinfected.
 
      DISINFECTION
 
      METHOD 1 Use NaDCC Tablets
 
 *    Put on all PPE required.
 *    all surfaces must be cleaned with hot soapy water before using NaDCC
      tablets.
*       a clean green cloth must be used
*       Add 1 NaDCC tablet to 1 litre of cold water
*        allow 30 minutes contact time before rinsing with clean water
 
Method 2 Use Endbac cleaner sanitiser
 
*      Put on all PPE required
*      make up a solution of Endbac Cleaner sanitiser (1 scoop per 5 litre or
       12 gms per litre) in warm water.
*      wash all areas thoroughly.
*      allow 5 minute contact time
*      rinse in clean hot  water
*      air dry or use a paper cloth.
 
SURFACES THAT REQUIRE DAILY DISINFECTION
Examples items which require daily disinfection are:-
  *   work surfaces
  *  sinks and taps
  *  laundry bins/trolleys
  *   tops of washing machines
  *  all door handles
N.B. Surfaces being disinfected must be rinsed after contact time to prevent
damage to fabrics placed on these surfaces.
 
3.THE FLOOR
 
 i)  Vacuum or sweep floor to remove debris.
 
 ii) Using the green mopping unit, mop the floor using detergent solution of
    5ml (1 tsp.) to 5 litres to each gallon of hot water. Rinse the floor with
   clean warm water.or Using the green mopping unit, mop the floor using Flash
   Professional powder as directed on the box. These is no need to rinse.
 
   N.B.Laundry should not be sorted on the floor. If clothes are being
      sorted on thefloor, the floor will need to be disinfected using the
      same dilution a above. The use of bins/bags for sorting will
      eliminate the need to disinfect the floor.
 
Launder green cloths and green mop head daily (see page ).
 
 
Don't forget to clean floors and surfaces before you disinfect
WEEKLY TASKS
 
i.Vacuum laundry floor in particular behind machines to remove build up of
dust.
 
ii.Shelves, paintwork, pipes etc.:- Using a detergent solution or flash powder
solution and a green cloth wipe all shelves, paintwork, pipes, paying
particular attention to the back of the machines.
 
iii Drains-: 2 fl oz Brillo Degreaser (two downward presses of pump) to
    every gallon (5 litres) of hot water.
 
    Use a brush to clean drains and gullies.
 
 
MONTHLY TASKS
 
i.  Clean all cupboards and drawers.
 
ii. Using a high level duster, clean all high pipes and remove cobwebs.
 
PERIODIC TASKS
 
Cleaning of ventilation - This will be done by an outside contractor.
Contact the Property and Services Team at Three Minster's House
Winchester for information on recommended contractors.
 
CHECKLIST FOR THE CLEANING OF THE LAUNDRY
This checklist must be photocopied and completed at least once a year or more
frequently as necessary e.g. induction of new staff or introduction of
systems.It should be completed by the the officer with responsibility for the
laundry and the relevant staff. It should be filed in Section 2 of the Laundry
Manual.
 
 NO   ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS                              Delete as
                                                                  applicable
  1   Are all laundry surfaces cleaned daily?                     YES   NO
  2   Are all required surfaces disinfected daily using an        YES   NO
      authorised disinfectant?
  3   Is the laundry floor vacuumed or swept and mopped daily?    YES   NO
  4   Is a safety cone displayed when the floor is wet?           YES   NO
  5   Are all weekly tasks carried out?                           YES   NO
  6   Are all monthly task caried out?                            YES   NO
  7   Is the ventilation clean                                    YES   NO
  8   Are green cloths, mops and bucket used in the laundry area. YES   NO
  9   Is there a high level duster available to clean high pipes  YES   NO
      etc.?
 10   Are cleaning tasks completed by relief and casual staff     YES   NO
      working in the laundry.
      ACTION REQUIRED                                             BY  WHOM
 
                                   SECTON 3
                     THE USE AND CARE OF LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT
 
 
                      THE USE AND CARE OF WASHING MACHINE
Electrolux Commercial Machines.
Model Load capacity
 
     WE464.5 kg (up to 10 lbs)
     WE55 5.5 kg (up to 12lbs)
     WE656.5 kg (up to 14.3 lbs)
     WE105 10 kg (up to 23 lbs)
     WE757 kg (up to 15 lbs)
     WE120 12 kg (up to 26 lbs)
 
LOADING:
 
     The loading for a standard Electrolux WE65 machine to make the drum
     two-thirds full is, for example:-.
 
     9single polycotton sheets
      or
     30pillow cases, polycotton
      or
     15single towels
      or
     3 reusable bed  pads
 
* Washing machines must be used fully loaded - two-thirds full. As a rough
  guide a hand span space between the top of the clothes and the top of the
  drum is the ideal.
 
* If there is not sufficient washing to make up a full load and it cannot be
  left, use old clean linen e.g. old sheets to make up the load. The sheets
  should be kept for this purpose.
 
*  Underloading will:
   a) Damage the machine
   b) Cause oversoaping when liquid dosing is used.
   c) Be less cost effective particularly if liquid dosing of detergents
      is in use.
 
N.B. The WE 55 model has a microchip which weighs the laundry and calculates
the water level, drum balance. This means that the machine can be used under
loaded.
 
          liquid dosing is dispensed automatically into machine.
 
          See section on washing detergents. Appendix 9 & 10
          DETERGENT:
 
*  Follow the dosage recommended on the packet.
*  The correct dose for the machine will depend on the water and the amount
  of soiling and the best guide is trial and error.
*  It is important not to under or to over soap.
 
*  When the machine stops during wash cycle, soap suds should be only
  one-third of way up the glass.
 
*  Undersoaping will give poor results and possible rewashing over soaping
  will be uneconomic and may result in laundry being incompletely rinsed.
  This can cause skin irritation.
 
 ROUTINE CLEANING:
 
 Daily
 
 1.    i) Put 5 litres (1 gallon) of hot water into a bucket.
 
      ii) Add 5 mls (1 teaspoon) of neutral detergent or professional Flash
          powder as per the directions on the packet..
 
     iii) Using a green cloth, clean the washing machine to remove splashes
          paying particular attention to glass door, door seals etc.
 
 2.   Clean the detergent hopper using a bottle brush.
 
Weekly
 
Once a week the machine should be run empty on the hottest wash possible.
Do not add soap. This will clear the pipes and drains of surplus detergent.
 
 
The operation manual for Electrolux washing machines can be found in
Appendix 12
 
 
                       USE AND CARE OF HYDRO-EXTRACTORS
 
                                 (SPIN-DRYERS)
 
     The basic rules for hydro-extractors apply also to domestic spin dryers.
 
     It is very important that manufacturers instructions are followed.
LOADING:
 
i.  Load evenly, distribute articles around outside of drum. Do not
    overload.
 
ii. Place a towel over the top of the clothes to prevent garments from
    moving up the drum and into the outer casing.
 
ROUTINE FOR CLEANING
 
i.  Wipe over daily using a green cloth and hot soapy water.
 
ii. Once per week put half a bucket of plain water through the machine to
    keep it sweet smelling.
 
iii The lid must be left ajar when machine is turned off.
 
 
N.B. Never try to open the lid or remove items while the drum is still
turning.
 
Never use the machine if the guard in not working.
 
                       THE USE AND CARE OF TUMBLE DRYERS
 
LOADING
 
Operation:
 
i)  Set the time and temperature appropriate for the type of laundry.
 
ii) Do not stop tumble dryer in mid cycle. Allow cycle to be completed.
    care of polycotton).
 
 (iii) Articles must be removed from the machine at the end of each cycle.
       Failure to do this may result in a FIRE. It will also lead to creasing
       of clothes.
 
 (iv)  Articles removed from the drier at the end of the cycle should be
       draped over tables or racks until folding and finishing can be carried
       out.  Leaving articles in a basket can:
 
*     cause a fire by spontaneous combustion, especially if articles in
      centre are hot and moist.
 
*     cause creasing.
 
 (v ) NEVER place articles around or on the top of the dryer to dry. This is a
      fire hazard.
 
 
ROUTINE FOR CLEANING
 
When cleaning filters wear a face mask to protect from dust.
 
 DAILY:
 
* Clean filters using a soft brush at least once daily.
 
* Wipe drier top, sides, door and glass daily using a neutral detergent
  solution and a green cloth.
 
WEEKLY:
 
*  Using a tub vacuum cleaner remove lint from behind filter
   screen, put vacuum hose into drum to remove loose lint.
 
The operation manuals for Electrolux tumble dryers can be found in Appendix 13
 
                           THE TUMBLE DRYER - DRYING
 
                                 TEMPERATURES
 
THE MODELS : EXAMPLES
TT350 / TT210
 
                         A                            COLD
 
                         B                            53°C
 
                         C                            74°C
 
                         D                            74°C
 
 
TDC 30 SLIMLINE
 
                         LOW                          57°C
 
                         MEDIUM                       65°C
 
                         HIGH                         85°C
 
TT 310
 
                         COLD                         45°C
 
                         P/PRESS                      75°C
 
                         WARM                         75°C
 
                         HOT                          75°C
 
STD 16
 
                         FLUFF                        COLD
 
                         DELICATE                     50°C
 
                         P/PRESS                      68°C
 
                         NORMAL                       68°C
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       THE USE AND CARE OF ROTARY IRONERS
USE
 
* Always check the guard to the sole plate is working every time the machine
  is used. Don't use the machine if guard fails to work.
 
* Never leave the machine unattended and turned on.
 
 
* Display a hot surface sign whenever the machine is left unattended but is
  still hot after use.
 
* Only staff who have been trained to use the equipment may use it.
 
* The machine must be switched off between use and not left
  running constantly.
 
*  The whole bed of the ironer should be used and not just the centre
 
ROUTINE FOR CLEANING
 
* The cover should be changed weekly (depending on use), and should be
  laundered on a 65° wash.
 
* It is advisable to have a spare cover for ironer. Replacement
  covers are available from Diversey Lever representative
 
* To put cover back on, it is best left damp.
 
* The sole plate should be cleaned regularly at least once per week using a
  conditioning blanket. The conditioning blanket and wax may be purchased
  via Diversey Lever . The Diversey Lever representative will be happy to
  show staff how to use it.
 
* After cleaning run an old sheet through the ironer to remove any surplus wax
  before using.
 
REMEMBER:
 
 A dirty sole plate will result in ironer not working properly and will give
 poor results.
 
 Operation Manual for Electrolux rotary ironers can be found in
 Appendix 14
 
                         THE USE AND CARE OF HAND IRONS
 
Hand Iron
 
*Read the manufacturers instructions for care of hand irons.
 
*  Read the care label on items before ironing.
 
*  Set the iron for the type of fabric.
 
*  Remember irons take a long time to cool down. Iron the most delicate
   items first and finish with cotton and linen items which require a hotter
   setting.
 
*  When replacing your iron purchase an iron which is designed for hard water
   areas.
 
   Information on replacement hand irons are available from the Hardware
   Section at County Supplies 01962:846157.
 
Ironing Boards
*  The ironing board cover must be kept in a well maintained condition to
   ensure the best possible finish is produced.
NUMATIC GEM IRONING SYSTEM
 
This is a heated ironing board and cordless steam iron which by providing a
dual heat source enables both sides of the garment to be ironed at once.
 
This can be ordered direct from County Supplies
 
CAT NO. 293151
 
N.B. Never fill the numatic iron with water while it is in situ on the board
     always use the stand provided.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHECKLIST FOR THE USE AND CARE OF LAUNDRY
EQUIPMENT
This checklist must be photocopied and completed at least once a year or more
frequently as necessary e.g. induction of new staff or introduction of
systems.It should be completed by the the officer with responsibility for the
laundry and the relevant staff. It should be filed in Section 3 of the Laundry
Manual.
 
 NO   ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS                              Delete as
                                                                  applicable
  1   Are all staff trained to use laundry equipment before use?  YES   NO
  2   Are all washing machines fully loaded 2/3rds full before    YES   NO
      use?
  3   Are all faults reported immediately?                        YES   NO
  4   Are all equipment regulary cleaned?                         YES   NO
  5   Are all laundry equipment regulary serviced and maintained? YES   NO
  6   Is the tumble drier always allowed to complete it's cool    YES   NO
      down cycle before unloading?
  7   Are the top and sides of the tumble driers always kept      YES   NO
      clear of  articles?
  8   Is a face mask worn by staff when they clean the lint       YES   NO
      screen of the tumble drier?
  9   Is the tumble drier filter cleaned at least once daily?     YES   NO
 10   Is  the tumble drier unloaded after use.                     YES   NO
 11   Is the tumble drier turned off and the door left open after YES   NO
      use?
 12   Is the finger guard of the rotary ironer tested before use? YES   NO
 13    Is the rotary ironer turned off when left unattended or not YES   NO
      in use?
 14   Is the rotary ironer cover changed and the ironer cleaned   YES   NO
      and conditioned weekly?
 15   Is the laundry door closed and where possible locked when   YES   NO
      not occupied?
      ACTION REQUIRED                                             BY WHOM
                                   SECTION  4
                  THE LAUNDERING AND CARE OF SOFT FURNISHING
 
 
                    THE LAUNDERING AND CARE OF DUVET QUILTS
                                  AND PILLOWS
PURCHASING
 
All duvets and pillows purchased by Social Services must be up to flame
retardancy standards.
 
Flame retardant polyester filled pillows are available direct from County
Supplies
Flame retardant duvets may be purchased via County Supplies
 
See Social Services Department procedure 33/93
 
N.B.
All duvets purchased by Social Services are fully washable. However, there is
not available on the market at present a 'heavy duty' duvet and for this
reason washing of duvets should be kept to the minimum by making use where
possible of water retardant protective covers: pillows may also be protected
in a similar way to prevent over-washing (see also washing/cleaning below).
For information on water retardant duvet and pillow protectors . ( See
Appendix 4 )
 
STORAGE
 
*  When not in use, store in a dry cool place, free from odours.
 
*  Avoid excessive compression of the quilt in a folded position for periods
  `exceeding one month.
 
 
WASHING AND CLEANING
 
*  The use of an outer cover will minimise washing. The washability feature
   of the duvet enables the easy removal of soiling and spillage, but does not
   cover repeated or multiple washing. It is, therefore, recommended that
   duvets are not used in a situation where there is a high degree of
   incontinence, without some form of water retardant cover.
 
*  Dry cleaning is not recommended under any circumstances.
 
*  Soap powders of a synthetic variety only can be used, thereby protecting
   the flame retardancy of the duvet. These are supplied by
   County Supplies i.e. Industrial Ariel or Staphro powders or liquid dosing
   wash products.
 
*  Single duvets can be washed in machines which have a capacity of 6.5 kg
   (11 lbs) or more.
 
*   The "setting" for each machine should be as follows:-
 
i)  Minimum wash programme, without addition of bleach.
 
ii) Temperature - minimum 40°C up to maximum thermal disinfection programme of
    71°C (where possible these items must be washed on hospital programme
    setting).
 
iii) Drying - tumble dry at not higher than 40°C for shortest
     time possible.
 
 iv) Hand washing is not recommended.
 
 v)  Do not dry over the top of tumble dryers.
     This is a fire hazard.
 
 
                      THE LAUNDERING AND CARE OF CURTAINS
 
PURCHASING OF NEW CURTAINS
The budget for the purchase of all sort furnishing including curtains is now
held centrally (as at 1/4/98). Therefore any purchase must be made via the
Property Service Officer for the establishments. Any manager who has resident,
relative who wish to purchase soft furnishings such as curtains and bedspreads
for bedrooms must refer to their Property Service Officer for authorised
suppliers and samples.
 
See Social Services Department Procedure 33/34 (Appendix 2).
 
The following has been extracted from the above document.
 
"2.2  All curtains, including net curtains, blnds must meet the current fire
retardancy standards, i.e. B.S. 5857 Part 2 Source 5 or FR7.
There are, in fact, relatively few outlets which stock fabrics to these
standards though a large number will buy in to order, made, or for making
up.
 
4.4  In some cases, residents' relatives have purchased curtains and
provided flame retardancy sprays with which to 'coat' the curtain.
The only flame retardancy method which can be guaranteed is complete
immersion of the fabric.  Furthermore where materials have been sprayed,
they will have to be treated after every wash.  The use of sprays is not
therefore recommended."
 
 
All curtains for Social Services establishments must be fire retardant.
The material used must be inherently fire retardant and not ordinary material
sprayed with a flame retardant spray.
 
 
THE LAUNDERING OF CURTAINS
 
The periodic vacuuming of curtains can reduce the need for laundering in some
cases
 
Different methods of flame retardancy require different washing methods. It is
advisable to ensure that the washing instructions are available when
purchasing new curtains. Many firms sew instructions into curtain linings or
headings .
 
Although requiring different methods of washing some general rules do apply:-
 
*  All curtains with sewn in lining should be dry cleaned only. This will
  incorporate retreatment for flame retardancy.
 
* Flame retardant curtains without a lining or with detachable lining may be
  washed without destroying the fire retardant properties provided that:
Only synthetic washing powder e.g Industrial Ariel, Staphro and liquid dosing
products are used. (soap e.g Lux or Persil will cause soap deposits on fabric
and adversely affect the flame retardant properties.
Bleach is not to be added to wash/rinse.
 
* Temperatures up to 71°C only may be used, this will depend on the type of
  fabric (read the wash care label).
 
*  Curtains must be of a manageable size for washing and ironing.
 
* A commercial steam cleaner fitted with tools may be used to clean and
  disinfect curtains in situ. (this method can not be used on curtains with a
  pile such as velvet.) For further details contact the supplier of the
  equipment for training.
 
*  Heavy stained curtains may be soaked for up to 2 hours at room temperature
  in an enzymatic detergent e.g Industrial Ariel.
                   *    Do not overload washing machine.
                   *    Do not use fabric conditioner/softener /sanisoft  as
                        this can affect fire retardant properties.
                   *    Do not over dry items as this can cause static.
 
FREQUENCY
Generally, curtains need washing/cleaning every year except in areas where
there are strong odours when more frequent cleaning will probably be
necessary.
 
 
THE WASHING AND CARE OF REUSABLE BED PADS e.g. Martex
 
* It is recommended that there is a minimum of 2 pads per bed. If there are
  insufficient pads the non stop processing will result in a reduced
  life span. The average lifespan of reusable pads is up to 200 times
  without deterioration of absorbency.
* Wash before first use for optimum absorbency.
 
* Fabric conditioner including Sanisoft must not be used with bed pads as this
  retards absorbency.
 
* Reusable bed pads must be washed on a hospital programme if the facility is
  available.
 
  1. The pads can be washed up to 77°C.
     Therefore the pads can be washed at
                                    either
     A 65°C. hospital programme, polycotton setting
     or if possible A 71°C hospital  programme (Cotton Setting )
 
     The wash time for the 71°C is approximately the same as the 65°C
     setting, but it produces a better spin. This will reduce the
     drying time.
 
          If the washing machine does not have a 71°C setting, then wash at
          65°C hospital programme. When the cycle is finished, leave in
          machine. Set machine to 93°C hospital programme and fast
          forward to final rinse and spin. This will leave the bed pads
          drier and reduce the drying time.
 
 2.  Tumble dry the pads at 82°C for 30 minutes.
 
 3. Do not overload the dryer, give pad sufficient space and air to dry.
 
 4. Do not use the hottest setting on the tumble drier.
 
 5. Do not dry above 88°C.
 
 6. Do not mangle, iron or dry on radiator.
 
CHECKLIST FOR THE LAUNDERING AND CARE OF SOFT FURNISHINGS
This checklist must be photocopied and completed at least once a year or more
frequently as necessary e.g. new soft furnishing being purchased.It should be
completed by the the officer with responsibility for the laundry and the
relevant staff. It should be filed in Section 4 of the Laundry Manual.
 
 
 NO   ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS                              Delete as
                                                                   applicable
  1   Are all duvets and pillows purchased to fire retardant      YES   NO
      standards?
  2   Are all duvets and pillows water retardant protectors used  YES   NO
      where there is  incontinence?
  3   Are all duvets and pillows water retardant protectors used  YES   NO
      on short stay beds?
  4   Are all curtains and nets to fire retardancy standard B.S.  YES   NO
      5857 Part 2 Source 5 or FR7?
  5   Are reusable bedpads and chair pads used as necessary?      YES   NO
  6   Are Curtains, nets, chair covers, reusable bedpads and      YES   NO
      chair pads washed without the addition of a fabric
      conditioner e.g. sanisoft
      ACTION REQUIRED                                             BY WHOM
 
APPENDICES
 DUVET AND PILLOW PROTECTORS
 
*Social Services Department recommend that duvet and pillows are protected
 from soiling by semi-disposable covers.
 
*Semi disposable covers reduce the amount of washing required for duvets and
 pillows.
 
*The covers are particularly valuable on the beds of incontinent residents and
 for short-stay rooms.
 
     Contact Derek Church at County Supplies 01962 846186 (CPSADC)
     for current supplier of these items.
 
 
     The current supplier of this product is:-
 
     PARK HOUSE
     BLACKBURN ROAD
     BIRSTALL
     BATLET
     WEST YORKSHIRE
     WF17 3PL
 
 TEL. 01924 441881
 
 
WATERPROOF DUVET & PILLOW PROTECTORS
 
The type of mattress cover recommended by Social Services has a terry
towelling top and a waterproof underside.
 
The Pillow & Duvet protectors are available from:
 
 Delis Products UK Ltd
100 Banks Road
West Kirby
Wirral
Merseyside
L48 0RE
 
Tel 0151 625 3147
Fax 01516255865
 
ALLERGON PROTECTIVE BEDDING SYSTEM
 
Pillow Cover- Zipped Ref 32010
Single Duvet Cover Ref 61232
 
Contact supplier direct for current prices
 
See information enclosed for further details
 
Waterproof Covers (these do not have a terry towelling top)
 
Available direct from County Supplies
 
Cat No 271299 Mattress protector £5.52
Cat No 271566 Pillow Protector   £4.44
Cat No 271712 Single duvet cover £19.16
Cat NO 27124 Double duvet cover  £24.22
 
 
REUSABLE BED PADS
 
 (MARTEX)
These are now available direct from County Supplies:
 
See current County Supplies Catalogue for details.
 
Contact Angela Alexandra at County Supplies for more details
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                              MATTRESS PROTECTORS
 
 The type of mattress cover recommended by Social Services has a terry
 towelling top and a waterproof underside.
 
 The mattress protectors are available from:
 
 Delis Products UK Ltd
 100 Banks Road
 West Kirby
 Wirral
 Merseyside
 L48 0RE
 
 Tel 0151 625 3147
 Fax 01516255865
 
ALLERGON PROTECTIVE BEDDING SYSTEM
 
Single Mattress Cover Ref 12099
Double Mattress Cover Ref 12379
Pillow Cover- Zipped Ref 32010
Single Duvet Cover Ref 61232
 
See information enclosed for further details
 
 
     CARE OF MATTRESS PROTECTOR
 
1    Wash on a hospital programme.
2.   Bleaches can be used.
3.   Do not iron.
4.   Do not dry clean
5.   Do not spin dry
6.   Dry by tumble drier or line dried. Tumble dry on a very cool setting
     only. Excess heat  may cause damage to the plastic or shrinkage.
 
 
N.B. ALLERGON products can be washed at 93°C hospital programme.
 
                                  LAUNDRY BINS
 
SEE COUNTY SUPPLIES CATALOGUE FOR MORE DETAILS
 
GLASS FIBRE MOBILE LAUNDRY BIN ON CASTORS (COMPLETE WITH LID)
 
24"X 18"X 30" High
Catalogue No:- 250859 Page 222
 
Price:- £145.02
 
LOW LEVEL SKIP
 
574mmL X415mm W X356mmH
 
Catalogue No 250853
 
Price :- £88.84
 
 
DISSOLVO SACK STAND
 
94x44x88 cm.
 
Catalogue No:- 271213
 
Price £86.42 per pair
                         PRODUCTS USED IN THE LAUNDRY
 
PRODUCTS                                ISSUE            COUNTY SUPPLIES
                                                         CATALOGUE NO
Air Freshener (Diversey)                1                 572484
NaDCC (Chlorine) tablets                Tub               570144
Fabric Softener                         1X 5 Litre        599400
BP BEEP Cream Cleanser                  1 Bottle          585260
Brillo Degreaser                        1X 5 Litre        485444
Neutral Detergent                       1X5 litre         579404
Disposable Gloves Med.                  Box               932120
 Large                                  Box               932115
Disposable Gloves Dispenser             1                 932112
Dissolvo Sacks                          Case              933488
Dissolvo Sack stand                     Pair              271213
Diversey: LD 46 detergent               1X 5 Litre        598924
 LD 46 Softener                         1X 5 litre        598936
 Fabricare 2000 Liquid detergent        2X 10 litre       598974
 Fabricare 2000 Liquid destainer        2X 10 litre       598980
 
 Enzyme powder                          8kg               598962
 Sanisoft                               1X 10 Litre       598948
Leverline Cartridge soap dispenser      1                 638367
Leverline Soft hand cleanser            800ml             598327
Leverline 'Bac'                         800ml             598303
Diversey R8 Kettle Descaler             750 ml            586111
Lifeguard Limescale Remover             1                 585325
ENDBAC Cleaner Sanitiser                500ml             570258
Face masks                              1                 176453
Face masks Refills                      Pack              176453
Goggles                                 Each              176855
Industrial Arial Automatic              4X 4 KG           598906
 Ultra                                  4X 5 KG           598996
J Cloth Green                           Pack              576112
Laundry Bin with lid                    1                 250859
Laundry bin (Low)                       1                 250853
Nail Brush                               1                 553400
Paper Towel Dispenser                   1(free)           816654
Paper Towels                            Case              816551
Plastic  Pump                            Each              638765
Pedal Bin                               1                 312112
Pedal Bin Liners                        Pack              710807
Professional Flash Bathroom             2 litres          585284
Professional Flash Powder               1kg               575512
Rubber Gloves Small                     Pair              172954
 Medium                                 Pair              172655
 Large                                  Pair              176156
Safetex Bags                            1                From Content Ltd.
Sheild Bathroom                         Spray bottle      585299
Sprint Hard Surface Cleaner (refill)    5 litre           592125
Sprint Hard Surface Cleaner             Spray bottle      592113
Stapro Biological Powder                9 Kilo            598970
Wet Floor Safety Cone                   1                 550518
 
 
                          SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
 
RESIDENTIAL ESTABLISHMENTS
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
 
POST:LAUNDRY ASSISTANT
 
GRADE:
 
RESPONSIBLE TO: Unit Manager or Senior Duty Officer
 
DUTIES:
 
1.  The Laundry Assistant post is primarily responsible for processing items
    of laundry as follows:-
 
(a) sorting soiled linen items for both sending out and processing on site;
 
(b) operation of laundry equipment;
 
(c) hand washing;
 
(d) ironing;
 
(e) sorting and transporting laundered items to residents' rooms or storage
    areas.
 
2.  Responsible for as necessary the processing of foul linen, e.g. machine
    wash, ironing and sorting.
 
3.  The cleaning of laundry equipment and the laundry area.
 
4.  Using the agreed procedure, reporting verbally or in writing, any defects
    in laundry equipment to the Unit Manager.
 
5.  Responsibilities for ensuring compliance with instructions issued by the
    Unit Manager on the care and use of laundry equipment and materials.
 
6.  Mending where time permits.
 
7.  Effective participation in Staff Meetings/Training Courses.
 
8.  Such other duties reasonably falling within the purview of the post which
    are conducive to and contribute to an effective caring service.
 
9.  All duties must be carried out within the Health and Safety at Work Codes
     Practice for Employees of Hampshire County Council.
 
June 1998

 


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