Keep Your Hands To
Excerpted from Executive Housekeeping Today
By Ty Acton
While equipment manufacturers
often include a host of safety precautions in their designs such as red, automatic stop buttons and
conveyor guard rails, the automated machinery is still mindless and indifferent to whether it is
washing or pressing a uniform, a napkin or a human. Reducing the need for contact with moving parts and
making it physically difficult to access the machinery internals play key roles in preventing
The smooth movement of today’s automated
processing lines may sometimes create a false sense of security among workers, who in the desire to
perform their jobs well, may skirt safety procedures to free a jammed article. Freeing a towel caught
on a metal shelf in an old, aluminum laundry cart by hand is hardly dangerous but freeing a towel
caught in the feed roll of a flatwork ironer can be a perilous act that must be discouraged. A better,
more modern way to free a jam in an ironer is to install a raising rig system, which instantly raises
the rolls and stops their rotation at the push of a button.
Another effective method is to dress the ironer with
the proper roll cover in the first place to promote smooth feeding and eliminate the problem that
entices workers to engage in risky behaviors. Workers need to be trained and retrained to recognize
when such a situation may present a safety hazard. A consistent maintenance program with regular
cleaning of appropriate equipment also minimizes the potential for machinery miscues.
When tasked with laundering new
linens, most laundry managers come up with their washroom recipe based on equal helpings of trial,
error and experience. For laundering delicate hospitality linens, a number of customers with loads of
experience have tried using our Lubri-Kleen #1 Concentrate in the wash and have reduced errors in
finishing. The liquid concentrate is added to the wash formula during the final bath of the wash cycle
to lubricate and soften the linens. Upon arriving at the flatwork ironer, the linens feed more smoothly
and easily to cut misfeed rates, reduce go backs and support worker safety.
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Finding and hiring talented
people of good character who enjoy the rewards of hard work has always been a key responsibility of any
sales manager. I received an email today from someone interested in becoming a Tingue rep and as I
considered his skills and experience, I wondered if this person would still be with us in 30 years. Was
he a person of good character? Someone I could entrust to work with people who have been our customers
since I was in grade school? Would he value the rewards of hard work?
What I was really asking myself was, “Would
this person be like Don Nauta?”
Don Nauta, our rep for New York joined the company
in 1979. Congratulations to Don on his nearly 30 years of service.
Call me anytime with questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org.