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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:05 AM

Dear All ;

Am working in a five star grade Hotel as microbiologist, before staff commence the work , they have to take their washed uniform from laundry then they have to wear it in the changing room ,then they will go to the production area in different sections , like same as above the washed linen collected from the laundry and used in Guest areas, rooms (bed covers/ face towels etc.,) and restaurants (napkins/ table covers). how we can control the unifrom and linen, because we dont know if there is any microbial contamiantion persist or some forigen objects hided or suspend on the uniform such as hair , insects or any kind of physical contamination can be end up of the product.
we have well established in house laundry. Recent days there is no freshness, no pleasant odour in the linen and gives some bad odour?
is there any testing method to verify the hygiene status of the linen and staff uniforms. Whethere swabbing or sweeping testing method will help? if so please help me on the same.

any one can help on this matter ?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:59 AM

Dear anju,

Recent days there is no freshness, no pleasant odour in the linen and gives some bad odour?

I presume you are referring to the newly-laundered items at the point of reception / storage ?? If so, it suggests a need to check the basic cleaning / sanitising process or subsequent storage point.

I think some swabbing procedure references have been linked in some of the older threads on this topic but I am not yet quite clear from yr post as to where the problem is first being detected ?

Rgds / Charles.C

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

Dear Anju;

I think you can take swabs from the cleaned uniforms during the storage and before the staff wear it , the common bacteria that you have to check is bacillus cereus, and to be more comfortable about the cleaned uniform or to minimise the risk of having hair or some foregin objects , I think the staff should pass through Air cutter which is must be fixed above the production area gate , by this way any thing stick it on the uniform can be moved , but maybe this way is not effictive .

if some boday have another idea to remove any objects from uniforms please share it .


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