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Posts Tagged: textiles

November 12, 2019
Lint and Pathogens: How to Protect Patients and Staff with Overhead Lint Control

Roughly 5 billion pounds of linens are laundered in health care settings each year in the United States. To prevent the spread of pathogens, these health care textiles (HCTs) must be properly managed throughout the cleaning and storage cycles. When appropriate measures are not in place, outbreaks can occur. Case in point: In 2015, an outbreak of Rhizopus spp. infections occurred in a Hong Kong hospital. Investigation into the outbreak revealed “excessive levels of dust and lint” throughout the laundry facility, suggesting “poor environmental control.” Identifying the Culprit Hospital environment specialist Andrew Streifel and environmental control specialist Lynne Sehulster note[…]

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August 7, 2019
How to Reduce Combustible Dust to Prevent Explosions and Fires in the Textile Industry

The U.S. textiles supply chain employs more than 550,000 people. As of 2016, annual capital expenditures for this industry were topping $2 billion, and in 2017, the U.S. shipped nearly $78 billion in textiles and apparel to markets worldwide. With so much invested in the textile market and its products, protection of its personnel is crucial. To that end, safety organizations such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) encourage textile facility owners and managers to put measures in place to protect the employees and facilities that are the backbone of this industry. Accomplishing[…]

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June 19, 2019
Discover the Secret to Controlling Lint in Commercial Laundries

NFPA data indicates that nearly one in ten fires at hotels and hospitals involve laundry facilities. Commercial laundry services are at high risk for fire disasters. Why? It’s not the equipment that poses the threat. It’s the lint. Small lint particles don’t dissipate heat well. They also offer a high-ratio surface area. These qualities make lint susceptible to spontaneous combustion. The result: combustible dust fires. These explosions cause significant damage and injuries in commercial laundry facilities each year. In 2017, combustible dust explosions at commercial and industrial locations resulted in 163 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. What causes lint disasters?[…]

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