There has been plenty of focus on the hygienic operation of equipment since restaurants reopened for business – but what about the safe handling of textiles, such as tableware and chef whites?
The Textile Services Association (TSA) has teamed up with UK Hospitality to produce the ‘Rest Assured Pledge’, a package of advice, guidance and certification that is designed to help hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities safely manage linens and textiles.
The protocol includes a Rest Assured certificate that TSA laundries can give to hospitality operators to display, verifying that their linens and towels have been hygienically cleaned. There are various versions of the certificate, for different sectors.
The Pledge includes a 16-point coronavirus briefing for operators, which covers a wide range of topics.
They include the basics, such as keeping clean and dirty linen segregated; the practical, such as storing soiled linen for collection on a ground floor, near to an external exit but away from public foot flow; and the advanced, including dealing with dirty linen of a guest who develops Covid-19 symptoms.
There is also guidance around the sanitisation of textiles, using chemicals or temperature, and the protection of cleaned linen after washing.
“Going forward, it’s critical that laundries and hospitality operators are able to meet new operational procedures to protect staff and customers,” said David Stevens, CEO of the TSA.
“Hospitality needs laundries, and laundries need the hospitality industry. We are two sides of the same coin and we are stronger together. The Rest Assured Pledge will help us meet the challenges of the new normal.”