The Association for Linen Management (ALM) and the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) recently received a written letter of interpretation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirming that regulated waste does not include contaminated linens that will be laundered and reused. The letter of interpretation affirms the proper protocols for handling contaminated linen and specifies that bags used to collect contaminated linen must be labeled correctly. ALM and ARTA state that unnecessary red bag disposal of such linens results in significant financial losses for hospitals.

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