Laundering soiled sheets and clothing can be risky


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

JASIN: Launderettes are another front in battling Covid-19.

For N. Kugan, his team is in charge of laundering the sheets and clothing used by those who are under quarantine for either positive or suspected Covid-19 cases.

Kugan, who has managed an industrial-scale launderette in Alor Gajah for more than a decade, said he prioritised the health of his staff who are handling linens coming from the quarantine facilities.

“Each morning, I make sure all of them take vitamin C and other supplements before going around their task of collecting the laundry bags while wearing personal protective equipment, ” he said.

Kugan, 45, said linens used by surgical wards are washed at a designated area where it is labelled as “red-bag” line.

He said soiled hospital linens were known as one of the potential mediums of transmission.

“Therefore, a mechanism to treat the soiled linen effectively is crucial. We adhere to strict guidelines set by the Health Ministry, ” he said.

“The washing process for contaminated linens must meet cleanliness and sterility standards. We need to use special bleaching products as well as treating the material at a certain temperature.”

As far as Covid-19-related linens go, Kugan said he had to personally supervise the process of handling such items, which require more man-hours to treat.

He said the contaminated linens are placed at a designated area where staff are trained on sorting, all the way to packing washed items.

He added that the linen transfer routes were monitored to ensure sanitation and served as an extra step in maintaining hygiene.

Kugan said his industrial washing machines would also go through decontamination once the washing of Covid-19 linens was completed.

“Those handling the laundry at the designated area are also required to observe hygienic cleaning procedures to avert the spread of infections, ” he said.

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