Blog: The Spin
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In a statement on May 14, 2015, TRSA stated that legislation being advanced by New York Councilman Ritchie Torres (District 15) to license commercial laundries ignores existing safety standards, a strong record of health and safety within the commercial laundry industry and puts an unnecessary burden on the commercial laundries serving New York City.
Today, we are expanding that statement by examining the factually flawed report – based largely on decades-old data and a fundamental misreading of several studies – on which the proposed legislation is based: “Irresponsible Industrial Laundries: A Major Public Health Threat.” The report was authored by Torres and an organization called Clean NYC.
Specifically, this report:
The report is based on 20 sourced “footnotes,” but not one suggests laundries pose a public health threat; in fact, many of these citations are from reports that clearly state there is no health threat. The most relevant footnotes include:
It should also be noted that TRSA, a leading trade association for the textile services industry, publishes an Annual Safety Survey that clearly shows improved health and safety standards among its members. With more than 200,000 employees in the U.S. commercial laundry industry, the Clean NYC Report cites an employee injury rate of 3.5 percent. Of those injuries, less than 0.45 percent were considered of consequence. The legislation proposed by Torres is redundant, duplicating federal and state OSHA standards and inspection protocols. It only serves to add an unnecessary tax on small businesses and employers.
The commercial laundry industry is a 100-year-old industry that has continued to adapt to meet the needs and standards of the time. As a leader in this industry, TRSA has worked in partnership with local, state and federal authorities to improve the industry’s standards and practices for the benefit of its members, their employees and their employees’ customers. We will continue to do so and urge legislators to take a measured and practical approach that benefits consumers as well as the small business employers that constitute our industry.
-Joseph Ricci, TRSA President & CEO
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rod Hughes, media contact for TRSA, (610) 559-7585 ext. 19 or [email protected]