Author: Ian Hargreaves

HSE e Bulletin Issued: 13 July 2021 HSE will launch a formal 4 week consultation exercise on amendments to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. Please read below for further information

Changes to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPER)

HSE is consulting on changes to the PPER 1992. We encourage you to draw the attention of your stakeholders and other interested parties to this consultation launching on Monday 19 July 2021 and running for 4 weeks.

The consultation can be accessed via HSE Consultation Hub from this date.

The aim of the consultation is to understand the impact on stakeholders and businesses of extending the scope of the employers’ duties under the PPER to workers and not only employees.

 

 

 

Domestic laundering of nurses’ uniforms: what are the risks?

Article published in Nursing Times.

With rises in healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs) and antibiotic resistance, understanding transmission routes of bacteria is paramount. One possible route is nurses’ uniforms, which they wash at home. A study found that trusts’ policies on home laundering were inconsistent and that staff did not always follow guidance. Another study showed that, when contaminated and sterile fabric samples were washed at 40°C, a small number of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria survived and cross-contamination occurred. This article details the two studies, describes the regulatory environment and discusses how to ensure adequate decontamination of uniforms.

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NHS England give green light for supply of reusable gowns!!!!

Has reported on Linkedin.

Yellow reusable isolation gowns get the green light!
Elis is working alongside NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) to pilot a new supply of Reusable Isolation Gowns designed to deliver a more sustainable approach to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project involves a phased national roll-out of protective Reusable Isolation Gowns to NHS Trusts across England. These gowns are processed at our Elis dedicated facilities, which have been specifically developed to meet stringent industry standards for quality, performance and hygiene. Providing a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative to single-use products, the gowns can be worn and laundered up to 75 times each without compromising protection levels.

Is your laundry provider struggling to provide a service?

The TSA (Textile Services Association) has advised the Society that their members would be available to provide a service to NHS trusts should their present laundry service be compromised as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. However we would advise anyone to undertake a risk assessment/audit of their facilities and policies to ensure they meet the requirements as specified by the Department of Health as to their ability to provide a safe service.  For further information

 

 

Annual review 2015

Annual Review 2015

A good supply of clean, well presented linen remains an important factor in patient care.

Safely Reducing Costs, improving efficiency whilst improving patient care is one of the main objectives of the NHS. Costs and quality are not restricted to a laundry supply being delivered, as many Trusts have contracted out the laundry function knowledge of effective and safe distribution systems and linen storage is being lost, this may result in an increased linen management costs and the risk of linen being contaminated during storage.  Over the last year there have been a couple of reports from overseas of the link between an infection outbreak and poor linen storage, at the present time the evidence is unclear but the Society will continue to monitor reports and circulate this amongst members. There is a need for all Trusts to understand that there are elements, relating to the storage and distribution of linen, within the CFPP 01-04 guidance which still apply when laundry processing is contracted out.

The new National Framework for Laundry and Linen Services is currently being awarded; this is likely to result in a number of mini completions over the next year, potentially leading to changes in contractors.

The Review of Operational Productivity in NHS Providers by Lord Carter of Coles, DOH,2015, has compared the efficiencies of 22 Trust including Linen Services, it is stated that £4million could potentially be saved if the cohort studied moved to the average efficiency of their NHS peers.

The introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016 will not affect NHS run Laundries who currently pay NHS Agenda for Change rates, the feeling is that it will help even out staffing cost between the sectors. The challenge may be to have and retain a well-trained, motivated and effective workforce against the competition of better paid, and some would say easier, jobs elsewhere.

Within the NHS there is increasing movement towards New Care Models and Trusts working together and for the centralisation of specialist medical services, there is also increasing care in the community, pressures on beds in care homes and an increasingly elderly population, this all leads to changes in where patients are cared for and where linen is used.

For laundry providers linen loss and abuse remains a big issue, this can be challenged by working with nursing colleagues to address any practices which leads to reducing linen availability and costs for the provider.

During 2015 the Society held a successful training event in April; the papers were challenging and thought provoking. The task is to attract delegates and suppliers to this unique event despite pressures on time and finances. The 2016 Training Forum and Exhibition return to Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 20th – 21st April 2016, information is available from www.linenmanager.co.uk

Lynn Fort,
National Secretary.