The growing concern over the increased spread of Monkeypox in the United States provides an opportunity to address best practices for hotel textile processing and handling. With a focus on protecting workers and providing a safe and comfortable environment for the travel public, the Association for Linen Management (ALM) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) have partnered to release their latest best practice document Monkeypox: Textile Handling Guidelines for Hotels, according to a news release.
This collaborative effort included multi-dimensional textile service providers, end users, regulatory authorities, and related industry subject matter experts. The final document involves research of regulatory compliance and incorporates the concerns of the public, customers, and key stakeholders.
James Mangini, RLLD, ALM Board President, and Director of Maine Medical Center Linen Services, expressed the importance of joining forces with industry partners to produce documents of this nature.
“ALM’s vast network of member laundry professionals and industry key stakeholders reveal their best work in partnership, such as this guidance for hotel laundries. Mutually beneficial collaborations such as these drive innovative solutions, protect employees, and increase public safety.”
“As business and personal travel returns to typical numbers, we felt it important to revisit the best practices for hotel laundries, including additional measures to keep textile service professionals and guests safe during travel with the increase in Monkeypox cases” said Linda Fairbanks, ALM’s Executive Director. “And after our work with AHLA during COVID-19, we welcomed the opportunity to collaborate
with them again on this project.”
For more information or to download the Monkeypox: Textile Handling Guidelines for Hotels document
Image Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)