Celtic Linen Healthcare Covid-19 Response Plan

13th July 2020 - General

As a critical service provider, Celtic Linen has remained operational throughout the pandemic playing our role in supporting front line staff by ensuring continued supply of scrubs and linen to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our certified standards, listed above, in combination with extensive risk assessments and reviewed procedures allow us to continue to operate a safe workplace for Celtic Linen employees/visitors and ensuring safe linen for hospital staff and patients. The Celtic Linen COVID-19 Response Plan and supporting documents are living documents and are continually updated and adapted according to new Public Health Guidelines. Below is a summary of our COVID-19 Response Plan and supporting procedures:

Wash Process:
The Celtic Linen Healthcare Plant is certified to EN14065 Risk Analysis and Biocontamination Control which is a management system for ensuring the microbiological quality of processed linen
* All healthcare wash programmes are controlled and validated by a microbiologist to ensure we achieve thermal and chemical disinfection
* Barrier plant facilities ensuring full segregation of soiled and clean linen
* Colour coded bagging system in full adherence to HSE guidelines regarding segregation and identification of foul/infected linen.
* All contamination and recontamination hazards are highlighted and controlled through risk assessments
* Alarm controlled monitoring system on machinery
* All clean linen shrink wrapped until ready to use at customer site

COVID-19 Response Plan & Risk Assessments:
* COVID-19 training for all staff on site and all those returning to
* Strict controls in place regarding uniform, PPE and hand hygiene
* Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette training according to SARI and WHO guidelines provided to staff. Increased hand hygiene facilities on site
* A full programme of cleaning and sanitising for site
* Physical distancing or physical guarding at work stations
* One way walking systems
* Staggered breaks
* Visitor/Contactor controlled access process
* Contact logging
* Revised emergency and first aid plans
* Trained COVID-19 Lead Worker Representatives
* Mental health and wellbeing supports