Few industries face the same stringent health and safety regulations, as the ones enforced on food manufacturing and processing companies. In these environments, the cleanliness and hygiene of food prep workwear can have a direct effect on customers, and in some cases the livelihood of a business. No one understands this like Apparelmaster, meaning many in the network are currently AsureQuality accredited, or are in the process of becoming accredited.
Assessments are carried out in accordance with internationally recognised management system auditing practices such as ISO Standards. Receiving AsureQuality accreditation is therefore regarded as the Top Laundry Standard for Food Industry service providers.
To gain, and then retain AsureQuality accreditation (business are audited annually), Apparelmaster outlets are reviewed under a ‘Laundry management programme and facilities audit’. This dedicated food service programme requires that each individual Apparelmaster outlet, ensure that all laundered items (used in ready-to-eat food manufacturing operations) do not introduce any risk to the maintenance of food safety standards. Specifically, this requires that all food industry specific laundry, is laundered from start to finish in an environment that manages all risks to an acceptable level.
To bring their business up to AsureQuality accreditation level requires a substantial investment of both time and money. The ensuing audit covers a large and diverse number of general laundry management processes and procedures including: The condition and use of all plant equipment from Transport Vehicles to Laundry Bags and Mobile Trolleys. The day-to-day operations such as laundry collection, loading, storage and sorting, washing and unloading and transfer for drying and then the actual drying, storage and packaging of cleaned laundry, the preservation of hygiene, status of cleaned laundry, record keeping, and even housekeeping and plant maintenance.
Overall, Apparelmaster outlets with AsureQuality accreditation must provide a well-managed site with a sound laundry management system. Simply put, outlets must be designed and operated to prevent cleaned laundry and cleaned laundry processes, from being contaminated by soiled laundry or other matter present in the laundry.
AsureQuality accreditation certificates are generally displayed and full reports are provided to all those that undertake the process and can be viewed and discussed with Apparelmaster Owners on request.