The Power of Ozone

The risk of infections spread by contamination is an ever-present concern for many businesses.

For a number of hospitals and care homes, one of the major tools in the battle against contamination has proven to be ozone – a natural gas which kills 99.999% of infections.

OTEX ozone disinfection from JLA harnesses the natural power of ozone O3, to kill bacteria, moulds, yeasts and viruses and eliminate the risk of cross-infection in laundry.

OTEX Machines from JLA are installed on-site, with a Total Care package that provides 7-day breakdown cover for machines and a 24/7 helpline, ensuring businesses have total peace of mind that their laundry system is both effective and reliable.

By converting ‘free’ air from around the washing machine into 90% oxygen, splitting this into ozone and injecting particles into a wash, the system removes the need for water heating and safely lifts stains out of fibres while the natural gas eliminates the smallest trace of harmful bacteria.

Natural disinfection also eliminates wastage on the balance sheet, cutting detergent, energy and water costs by up to 35%.

York Hospital, the flagship hospital of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, installed the OTEX ozone disinfection system for the disinfection of their microfibre cloths and mops as part of its plan to bring Domestic Services back in-house.

Wendy Dale, domestic services manager at York Hospital, says: “Microfibre mops and cloths basically act like magnets for bacteria. What impressed us most about JLA was their OTEX innovation. The system’s ability to thoroughly disinfect and also reduce costs was a major factor when it came to choosing them as our supplier.”

OTEX uses mostly cold water and faster wash cycles, dramatically reducing utility and detergent costs, and cutting labour bills by saving time.

“Our laundry is in operation round the clock seven days a week, processing over 4,000 microfibre mops and cloths a day,” continues Wendy, “so being able to save energy was vital. JLA actually metered the electricity supply to the laundry and established that OTEX was saving us 82% compared to a conventional laundry. An added bonus is that we are using half as much detergent because of the way the system processes laundry.” 

The disinfection system is so successful that York Hospital bosses recently announced the passing of a year without a patient acquiring the MRSA superbug infection.

For healthcare organisations, OTEX’s built-in validation provides the means to prove that their methods meet ‘Essential Quality Requirements’ as well as ‘Best Practices’, as set out by the new Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedure (HTM 01-04). With the ability to print ‘disinfection verification receipts’, OTEX users can comply with the guideline that “linen should be processed using a disinfection cycle complying with the specified level of reduction in bacteriological contamination and this process will be required to be validated”. Training is provided by JLA and advice is also given on how to categorise contaminated or soiled linen, as well as the handling of laundered items.

JLA customers can benefit from a Total Care package, which offers 7-day breakdown cover for machines and a 24/7 helpline. Available for a simple monthly payment, Total Care also includes an eight-working hour engineer response guarantee, where customers are paid £100 if an engineer is not on-site in that time, as well as a promise of no repair bills, ever.

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