Faultless Healthcare Linen, an ImageFIRST Company, received recognition for its continued dedication to good stewardship of the environment at the 2021 annual convention of the Missouri Water Environmental Association held in Osage Beach, Mo., August 8 – 11. A division of the Missouri Department of Conservation, MWEA recognized all three of the Faultless Linen Missouri plants with a gold award and gave one of the company’s St. Louis plants a platinum award.
The convention’s awards ceremony recognized top performers with local water districts, engineering excellence and companies that excel in conservation and pretreatment performance. Faultless’ Kansas City, Mo., healthcare linen-only plant serving the acute sector and its two healthcare linen-only St. Louis plants each received the gold award for their perfect score in wastewater management, reporting and working collaboratively with their local water districts.
The platinum award given to one of its St. Louis plants was in recognition of that plant’s five consecutive years of achieving gold for its perfect performance in water and wastewater management.
“This was a big deal both personally and professionally,” said Mark Spence, president of Faultless Healthcare Linen. “Our plant ops teams should be very proud of the hard work they do to help us stand out in our communities.” Faultless Linen has been the recipient of environmental awards for nearly 30 years.
In a May 2020 four-part series¹, American Laundry News reported on the changes and improvements in wastewater treatment systems, their impact on laundry operations, system upgrades and what is anticipated for the future. It noted issues Faultless Healthcare Linen long has stayed abreast of, if not ahead of – the evolving regulatory environment, water conservation priorities, fast-changing wastewater technologies and their collective impact on operational requirements.
This ImageFIRST Company has long maintained its TRSA Clean Green Certification, a recognition that Faultless Healthcare Linen continually demonstrates responsible leadership in sustainability and conservation to protect the environment – conserving resources, controlling sewer discharges and minimizing its environmental impact.
Further, Faultless Linen works relentlessly to ensure its wastewater management, water conversation and other environmental stewardship initiatives support its Hygienically Clean (HC) certification. As reported in the Hygienically Clean website:
The (HC) certification reflects laundries’ commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by third-party inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. Laundries pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing Hygienically Clean Healthcare linens and garments and negligible presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing to ensure that as laundry conditions change, such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry, laundered product quality is consistently maintained.²
To qualify for the MWEA gold and platinum awards, Faultless Healthcare Linen was required to have a pollution prevention plan in place, be in full compliance with all pollution limits, pass a safety check during the most recent inspection of the three healthcare linen-only laundry facilities and submit all reporting to the city pretreatment water coordinators in a timely fashion.
“The MWEA recognition is a great example of what our company states in Our Purpose,” added Spence. “That is – to build a great company by positively impacting the lives of our associates, our community, our customers and their patients.”