HACCP is a safety management system created for the food industry, but it is also relevant in laundry operations because contaminated linen or garments can have a negative impact on people in numerous situations, food-related or not. Implementing HACCP procedures in the laundry is important in the food industry: clean workwear and uniforms are key to keeping a number of critical points under control, and if laundry operations cannot assure clean, uncontaminated garments and linen, these could, instead, be a hazard. Laundry operations play an even more important role in the hospitality industry and medical field since personal gear and workwear are themselves critical control points.
HACCP implementation in the laundry is a matter of processes because the control of critical hazard points encompasses all the activities, how they are conducted and the appliances used. The choice of the correct washing machine is just as important because management procedures can be amended but if an appliance doesn’t meet standards then it has to be replaced. Knowing how to choose the right one is therefore very important.
The critical control points related to a commercial washing machine are
In addition, a good manufacturer uses only quality materials, so that linen and clothes do not come into contact with deteriorated parts or with the surrounding environment.
Like the Line 5000 laundry solution, the Line 6000 appliances by Electrolux Professional comply with the strictest HACCP procedures: commercial washers and dryers in the line (as well as barrier washers, ironers and fitting solutions) are the first – and currently, only – laundry solutions certified by HACCP International.
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