Standards and Compliance

The industry is serviced by laundry and linen services from on-site laundries, public healthcare operated facilities and private commercial laundries. The Australian Standards for Laundry Practices (AS 4146 1994 & 2000) has been the primary reference source to identify acceptable levels of service and compliance.

As this standard has not been updated, and has a low likelihood of being updated, key Australian operated laundry and linen service management have endorsed the LAA Codes of Practice* to provide an up to date reference guide for organizations. These Codes are intended to provide Laundries and Linen Services and their customers with a common reference for acceptable laundry performance. The standards refer to “required outcomes

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Codes compliance includes:

Facilities: Buildings & Equipment

Management systems: Human Resources Management; Quality
Management; WHS; Risk Management

Operations: Transport; Storage at plant; Washing; Processing; Infection
Control; & Distribution

Customer Relations: Customer requirements and feedback
Compliance Checklist

*All members receive a copy of the LAA Code of Practice.
Laundries referencing a documented or audited process shall have a
management system in place.

Compliance can be achieved through self-assessment or third party audit.

Documents

This Guide describes the
operational roles and
responsibilities of all participants
in the standardisation process
used by Standards Australia
Limited (SA).

Standards

AS 4146-2000 Laundry Practice


AS 4146-1994 Laundry Practice


AS3789.1991 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - General ward linen


AS3789.10-2000 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Blankets - Cotton woven cellular blankets


AS3789.2.1991 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Theatre linen and pre-packs


AS3789.3-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Apparel for operating theatre staff


AS3789.4-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Wool blankets


AS3789.5-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Wool blankets - Laundering procedures


AS3789.6-1996 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Fabric specifications


AS3789.7-1996 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - General apparel


AS3789.8-1997 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Recyclable barrier fabrics


AS3789.9-1998 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions - Curtains and patient bed screens - Fabric performance properties


AS3789.10 Blankets


AS/NZS 4187:2003 Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment,
and maintenance of associated environments in health care facilities

Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical and surgical instruments
and equipment and maintenance of associated environments in health care facilities

AS/NZS ISO 9000:2006

Quality management systems - Fundamentals and vocabulary

AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008

Quality management systems - Requirements

DIN EN 13795:2011-06 (ISO Standard)