When visiting food processing sites to talk about the many laundry solutions we offer here at JLA, almost without exception the person we meet is keen to hear all about the alternatives to outsourcing laundry – and the majority are open to installing an on-premise laundry (OPL) in order to cut costs. However, even though the potential for savings is huge, many mistakenly assume that the move to OPL will be risky and fraught with hassle.

At face value, it’s perfectly natural to err on the side of caution and air concerns about transitioning from one way of working to another – after all, every penny counts and every minute matters in the food industry. Indeed, one or two of the common misconceptions listed here may be niggling away at you as you weigh up the possibility of laundering on-site. But by addressing your likely concerns, we hope to reassure you that on-premise laundering is, without doubt, in your best interests.

“Doing everything myself? Sounds expensive…and difficult!”

It really isn’t…especially when the alternative is to continue using a commercial laundry whose prices will continue to rise and rise over the next decade. By outsourcing you are paying thousands of pounds more than you need to each year by committing to substantial clothing stocks, hidden supplementary charges and unexpected price rises. All that disappears when you take control of your own laundry, and you’ll benefit from reduced clothing stocks, transparent pricing and lower processing costs, while escaping harsh penalties or surprise charges.

“What about the hassle of HACCP?”

We have our own technicians and chemists who can advise you on the best practices, and we work closely with experts from the industry who can help you form a plan of action and assist in the actual development of fit-for-purpose HACCP documentation. With JLA OTEX Ozone Disinfection technology you have access to immediate verification to prove that your wash has been disinfected, with either a printed receipt, helping you to complete your HACCP/ISO documentation quickly and easily.

“I don’t know what equipment I need”

Not a problem. We can specify any laundry of any size in any setting. In the main, there are two types to consider, and we have the washers, dryers, barrier systems and disinfection innovations to help you get the best out of one or both.

The ancillary laundry

An ancillary laundry will allow you to process all the items your linen provider won’t touch – items that can potentially be damaged by traditional thermal disinfection. These include specialist clothing materials, microfibre cloths and mop heads, slash guards and your drivers’ & engineers’ clothing.

The full on-premise laundry

This will give you a full laundry facility for 5 to 5,000 employees in both low risk and hi-care production units. A full laundry facility will disinfect as well as clean, and will ensure you meet strict compliance regulations in the process.

“But what if it breaks down?”

Simple, just call our emergency call-out line and one of our engineers will be with you inside 8-working hours as part of your Total Care agreement – 7 days a week. If you opt to purchase machines outright, we can provide equally quick response with a standalone service package.

“I don’t have the staff to operate a laundry.”

You do if you redeploy the employees who are currently counting in and out, collecting laundry from locker rooms, waiting for deliveries and storing all the spare sets of workwear you need. Plus, if you

manage your laundry by trusting someone else to do it…can you be sure that they’ll meet your expectations? Once laundry leaves your site, it’s open to a number of risks – and the third party could fail to reach guidelines that must be adhered to in order to comply with BRC best practice. 9 out of 10 customers we’ve helped to install an OPL have needed no extra staff to run it.

“I don’t have the space.”

Strangely enough, when we explain to companies just how much we could save them, space is no longer an issue. You’ll be surprised by the amount of space needed, and in reducing the clothes stock ‘PAR’ needed you can simply use areas of your business that would otherwise be used for storing spare workwear.

Our approach is to simply get the best out of the square footage you have, rather than reinventing the wheel. JLA planners and designers will gladly discuss all the options open to you, and will never over-sell or under-spec. If you need a small machine to take care of occasional ancillary laundry, that’s all we’ll recommend. Equally if you need a full high-hygiene facility, we have the expertise, machines and experience to make sure you have everything you need.

For advice on bringing laundry in-house, and more details of how the ozone laundry disinfection system can help you stay HACCP-compliant, book a free consultation here.

In response to the Grenfell tragedy in 2017, the proposed Fire Safety Bill is anticipated to come into effect in England and Wales soon. This is set to amend the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and represents the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

Currently awaiting House of Commons consideration of House of Lords amendments, the purpose of the Fire Safety Bill (2019-2020) is to minimise fire safety risk to tenants of domestic residential properties with multiple occupants, such as apartment blocks and student accommodation.

If, as expected, the Fire Safety Bill goes through parliamentary process successfully, the new legislations is expected to be named the ‘Fire Safety Act of 2020’ – which will effectively be an amendment to the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

NB: The bill applies to England and Wales – separate fire safety legislation is in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Fire Safety is devolved in Wales but the Bill amends the shared legislation, with the same delegated powers applying to English and Welsh Ministers.

What are the key elements of the Fire Safety Bill?

The emphasis in the new bill is on placing accountability on the Responsible Person for managing and reducing the risk of fire, with the onus on them to focus on the below areas in particular:

  • Structure and external walls (such as balconies and windows) throughout the building
  • Entrance doors that open into communal areas – compulsory regular fire door inspections will be mandatory (there is currently no specific legislation on this)

The bill’s focus on these areas will provide clarification on critical responsibilities which have until now been a grey area. For example, until the proposals now in place, it has been unclear whether fire safety legislation applied to the actual structure of a building and its external walls.


With the above amendments in place, building owners will soon be formally held to account on all of these areas by Fire and Rescue Authorities if they do not comply with updated fire safety legislation once passed. Enforcement action is expected to rise as a result of the bill, and duty-holders can expect to face severe penalties if prosecuted.

How can you prepare for the changes?

With the passing of the Fire Safety Bill now imminent, it is important to ensure that the review and upkeep of your premises’ fire safety solutions is put firmly back on the priority list, despite (and because of) the recent disruption caused by COVID-19. Four key measures that you should take include:

Making sure evacuation plans are reviewed and regularly updated – and personal evacuation plans are in place for residents whose ability to evacuate may be compromised

Considering whether your building is likely to fall short of the new legislation, particularly when thinking about fire doors and external walls and engage with a fire safety partner to discuss how to address any changes you may need to make.

Checking the annual servicing of your fire safety equipment hasn’t expired and if so, book it in now. Fire safety engineers and categorised as key workers and are able to visit your premises during lockdown periods.

Ensuring your Fire Risk Assessment is up to date and reflects any adaptations you have made as a result of Covid-19

If you need support in any aspect of fire safety planning, contact our experts today. From fire risk assessments and one-off safety audits to installation and breakdown cover, we can help with all your safety and compliance obligations.

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