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Independent Verification of Industrial Laundries

Hohenstein Hygienically Clean certification is unique because quality and hygiene are checked year-round, using standards far higher than other certifications.

To ensure the highest standards, we:

  • Partner with experts to guarantee that our standards are up to date
  • Constantly develop and improve technical and hygienic processes
  • Use the latest methods

11 Critical Control Points

Where there is risk of contamination or improper cleaning.

On-site auditing and lab testing addresses disinfection efficiency (time + temperature + chemicals + water), hygiene checks (hands + surfaces + rinsing water) and risk identification and mitigation strategies.

Certificates are issued for one year.

The certification is granted upon meeting the following metrics during annual testing:

  • The disinfection capability of the laundering procedures is validated to achieve a 7 log reduction (< 1 organism out of 10,000,000) in bacteria
  • Tested textiles achieved levels of 50 CFU/dm² (or 20 CFU/dm² for healthcare), validated by an independent laboratory

Hygiene Control Management for Health Care Service

The quality and test regulations apply to the professional linen care of healthcare textiles (including scrubs and microfiber cleaning products), with its special hygienic requirements, and to the appropriate services provided by these institutions.

Hygiene Control Management for Food Service

The regulations apply to the professional linen care of food processing textiles, with its special hygienic requirements, and to the appropriate services provided by these institutions. The certification demonstrates compliance with:

  • International Food Standard (IFS) v. 6.1, part 2, 3.2.2.5, 3.2.2.6
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Global Safety Standard for Food Products (GSFP), v. 7, sec. II, 7.4.3, 7.4.4

Hygiene Control Management for Hospitality Service

The regulations apply to the professional linen care of hospitality textiles, with its special hygienic requirements, and to the appropriate services provided by these institutions. The certification demonstrates compliance with:

  • International Food Standard (IFS) v. 6.1, part 2, 3.2.2.5, 3.2.2.6
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Global Safety Standard for Food Products (GSFP), v. 7, sec. II, 7.4.3, 7.4.4

Benefits

For customers of certified laundry

  • Truly independent, third-party auditing of your service provider
  • Proven disinfection efficiency
  • Micro-biological testing of processing surfaces to verify proper disinfection
  • Laboratory validated wash chemistry performance
  • Control on-site (no submissions of "golden" samples)
  • Quarterly textile testing

For industrial laundries

  • Risk identification and mitigation strategies
  • In-plant confirmation of Hygienically Clean with review of processes
  • Control of process efficiency with standard living bacteria
  • Control of environment
  • Verification of >7 log 10 reduction
  • Validation of HACCP plan

Standards for Hygiene Management

Industrial Laundries and Branches

It doesn't take much bacteria to cause infection.

Validation of 7 Log reduction ensures elimination of pathogens and prevention of infection transmission.

When textiles are heavily contaminated with potentially infective body substances (e.g., blood, stool, urine), they can contain 1 x 10^4 to 1 x 10^6 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimeter of fabric.

7 Decimal Log Steps in Pictures.

Management

Laundry Team USA

Start with product development.

Customized testing - specific to your application's requirements
Contact
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Americas