Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply’s Sunbury, PA laundry has been recertified Hygienically Clean Food Service, reflecting the facility’s commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by on-site inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing, according to a TRSA news release. This certification indicates linen, uniform and facility services’ dedication to cleanliness in supplying the restaurant industry and other food service establishments.
The Sunbury location is also Hygienically Clean certified for service to healthcare facilities, like Dempsey’s headquarters laundry in Jessup, PA, which also has the Hygienically Clean Food Service certification as well as Food Safety (for laundering for food manufacturing and processing). Hygienically Clean certified laundries commit to cleanliness through third-party facility inspection and quantified microbiological testing. This combination eliminates subjectivity by focusing on outcomes and results. Inspectors verify textiles cleaned in these facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and BMPs needed to serve various industries’ hygiene requirements. The Food Service designation applies to full- and limited-service restaurants, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions and other locations where food is handled and served.
Inspectors assess washing procedures (detergent formulas, temperature, disinfectant, pH, extraction), drying, garment inspection and transportation. Each certified laundry’s operational flowchart is evaluated, ensuring these procedures (as well as pickup, unloading and sorting of soiled items and sorting of clean laundry) are mapped. Employees’ use of personal protective equipment must be documented.
Dempsey is also Clean Green certified, attesting to the company’s leadership in sustainability and conservation through its commitment to improving water and energy efficiency and adoption of best management practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources. In 2012, Dempsey was the first company to earn this TRSA designation. Founded in Scranton, Pa. in 1959, the company expanded to serve customers in five other Mid-Atlantic states (New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.