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This document was developed by the Philippine Hospital Infection Control Society (PHICS, Inc.) Technical

Working Group on Linen and Laundry Management, with contributions from representatives from

government and private hospital linen and laundry services, laundry industry, and the Health Facilities

Development Bureau of the Department of Health.



Members of the Technical Working Group

Primo B. Valenzuela, MD

Victoria D. Villanueva, RN

Evalyn A. Roxas, MD

Maria Carmen SG. Buenaflor, RN

Victoria I. Ching, RN

Evengileta A. America, RN

Alex P. Bello, MD

Teresita D. Ticman, RN

Bernadette T. Seludo, MD



Contributors

Ma.Luzviminda A. Acla, RN Veternas Memorial Medical Center

Cecilia L. Amontos, RN, MAN Veternas Memorial Medical Center

Prudencia L. Cajquejo, MGM Department of Health – Health Facility Development

Bureau

Gemma S. Colcol, RN Veterans Memorial Medical Center

Mr. Armando Y. Corbito Corbito’s Laundry

Ma. Raquel Estaniel, RMT St. Luke’s Medical Center

Lilia O. Labastida, RN Capitol Medical Center

Ms.Marites A. Maaba Kalinisan Laundry

Lolita A. Sanchez, RN Philippine Hospital Infection Control Nurses Association

Ms.Manjane S. Virtudes Kalinisan Laundry

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IV. WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS AND ENGINEERING CONTROLS



1. The workplace should comply with the requirements of the Code on Sanitation in the Philippines.



2. The laundry facility in a health-care setting (in-house or off-site) should be designed for efficiency in

providing hygienically clean textiles, fabrics, and apparel for patients and staff.



3. Recommended engineering controls include the following:

a. A laundry facility is partitioned into two separate areas - a “dirty” area for receiving and

handling the soiled laundry and a “clean” area for processing the washed items. Ideally, soiled and

cleaned linen areas should be separated by a physical barrier or clearly defined.The partition (barrier

wall) made of a non-porous material,should be from floor to ceiling, preventing air/dust contaminating

the clean area.



b. A transit zone should be provided between dirty and clean areas of the laundry, where hand

washing/drying and change of outer garment/PPE is carried out. A wash area should be placed in

between the clean and dirty areas, where staff can wash/sanitize before proceeding to the clean area.A

shower room should be readily available to workers.



c. To minimize the potential for recontaminating cleaned laundry with aerosolized contaminated

lint, areas receiving contaminated textiles ideally should be at negative air pressure relative to the clean

areas (airflow should be from clean to dirty areas in all circumstances including prevailing wind

conditions).







V. PERSONNEL

A. Training and Education

1. The laundry manager shall have appropriate knowledge of the potential infectious hazards of

soiled linen; regular information and education should be given to laundry staff about potential

infectious hazards and techniques to prevent the spread of micro-organisms in the environment to

finished linen and to themselves, as well as safe and appropriate handling procedures for soiled and

clean linen.An orientation/training module designed for the laundry staff is to beimplemented in the

facility as part of infection control training.



2. The key staff members are fully trained in appropriate laundry skills andtechnology; those

skills should be maintained by ongoing training and supervision; only appropriately trained personnel

handle and store chemicals.



3. Instruction to staff in personal hygiene, particularly the need for hand washing after handling

soiled linen or removal of protective clothing

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