ALM/ARTA Red Bag Initiative - Press Release
Earlier this year ALM and the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) began efforts to clarify the correct procedures for bagging heavily blood soaked (contaminated) textiles. The confusion seemed to arise from hospitals whose practice was to err on the side of caution and trained staff to dispose of contaminated linen as Red Bag waste.
ALM and ARTA sought clarification from OSHA, OSHA Clarifies receiving a Letter Of Interpretation [10/29/13] that affirmed the proper protocols. A copy of the OSHA letter and a FACT Sheet are provided for laundries and their healthcare customers.
While the final design of American’s healthcare system remains a question mark, and battles have ensued in attempts to squelch funding mechanisms, several key elements are already in place that have significantly changed the healthcare business model. It is important for healthcare decision makers to understand these changes in order to make the best choices for the future of their facilities.
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