Understanding HLAC Certification

September 23, 2019 | Healthcare

Morgan Healthcare is proud to be HLAC certified. But, what does that mean for customers? Here’s a quick FAQ about HLAC certification and how it benefits our customers nationwide:

 

What is the HLAC?

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Their mission is to accredit laundries processing healthcare textiles based on the highest standards for patient safety and infection prevention.

 

What does it mean to be accredited?

HLAC accreditation, which is good for three years, means that a laundry meets HLAC Accreditation Standards. These standards have been documented, published and professionally recognized. Accreditation affirms that a laundry organization that processes healthcare linens has successfully passed an inspection of the following: its facility, policies and procedures, training programs, and its relationships with its healthcare customers.

The standards include:

  • Handling soiled laundry
  • Transporting linens to laundering
  • Finishing/packaging clean laundry
  • Customer service
  • Patient safety
  • OSHA-required practices (i.e. Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Standards)

View a PDF of the HLAC Accreditation Standards.

 

What are the benefits of getting certified?

The HLAC Accreditation Program boasts four main benefits to certification:

  1. Patient Safety: HLAC-accredited laundries are part of the safety solution in healthcare’s effort to provide patients with the utmost in care.
  2. Quality Improvement: Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes healthcare textiles.
  3. Credibility/Knowledge: To the healthcare customer, a laundry’s HLAC accreditation is like a dividend validating the laundry’s expertise, believability, dependability, reliability and soundness.
  4. Competitive Edge: All of the benefits of HLAC accreditation, when combined, give a laundry a genuine advantage over its competitors.

 

Curious to learn more? Check out https://www.hlacnet.org/ to read up on the certification and all it brings to our operation.