Update from the TSA – 29 April 2020

The TSA has been working extremely hard to represent the industry and keep members updated throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Here is just some of the useful information they have shared and the work they have been doing. Keep an eye on Laundry & Cleaning Today’s website and the TSA’s website for the latest information.

TSA GUIDANCE ON THE LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

The government web portal went live last week, and the TSA  has received confirmation from some members that they have already received the refund for furlough pay. They advise that if you have already claimed for your March’s payroll you may be required to wait for a further three weeks to reapply for April’s payroll – this is a point they have recently become aware of. Therefore, to help with cashflow, if you have not yet made a claim you may consider waiting until you have run your April payroll and merging the claim for March and April together.

Whilst it is not the intention of the scheme to encourage firms to make staff redundant the TSA recommend that businesses should start preparing for life after COVID-19 so where you believe you have no option but to reduce staff levels it seems that you can use the furlough scheme to help pay for notice periods which obviously need to be based on full pay.   The TSA recommend you take your own advice but it maybe something you wish to think about.

There is still some confusion over holiday pay, if you have asked staff to take any holiday that they accrue while they are furloughed it does have to be on full pay so it does complicate your payroll run. They will be discussing more on their webinar calls – see below.

LOBBYING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Hospitality grant

With their targeted approach of the open letter for support to the hospitality laundries the TSA has received responses from No. 10, BEIS and the chancellor’s office. Unfortunately, the responses are quite generic and does not acknowledge our specific industry concerns. However, they have had some further positive news that over three laundries in England have now been provided with the hospitality status. Therefore, they ask that businesses keep lobbying locally, as if we are all persistent, hopefully, the industry will be recognised as part of the hospitality sector.

 

Risks of home washing nurses uniforms

The TSA has continued to work with DMU, targeting the issue of allowing healthcare workers to self-care their uniforms at home and last week published a TSA press release on the topic.  This was followed up with a more technical press release directly from DMU and included a letter to Matt Hancock directly from Dr. Katie Laird at DMU. The DMU press release has been well publicised with BBC East Midlands Today, Radio Leicester, BBC Essex, Nursing Times to name a few.

Reusable Gowns

Additionally, the TSA are currently in discussion with the government on how we can come up with a long-term workable solution to help sort the evolving PPE gowns issue with the use of reusable gowns for every single hospital, care home, nursing home and primary care centre. The government estimate the current demand is around 400,000 a day for single use gowns whereas one reusable gown can be washed between 50-70  times. The TSA estimate annual savings of £400m, a reduction of 43m tonnes of clinical waste, guarantees supply for 12 months etc. However, at the moment the process of getting the project started is unfortunately very slow due to the disorganised government committees the TSA are in communication with. We’ll keep you informed of any updates on this topic and the TSA ask for help if anyone has connections with any senior contacts within government.

The TSA has formed a healthcare committee made up of a selection of operators who help provide guidance and technical support who met for the first time on 27 April. Richard O’Brien from Elis is taking a leading role on the work group.

Finally, another press release was published last Wednesday to emphasise the key workers behind the key workers titled ‘Give a shout out to the 4000 healthcare laundry workers!’ Read it here.

 

WEBINAR FOR SMALL INDEPENDENT LAUNDRIES

The TSA held their first webinar for small independent laundries last week. It was hosted by Guy Turvill (Swiss Laundry and Board member) and TSA’s CEO David Stevens and was very successful with 50 attendees!

The webinar covered the key concerns expressed to the TSA prior to the call with the focus on the issues that are likely to be created with a reopening of the hospitality sector.

Going forward they have planned to schedule one hour forums for smaller groups to allow better interaction between participants. This will be divided by region: South, Midlands and North. All three forums will cover the same topics and the sole purpose of dividing it is to allow a more open forum to share concerns, queries and solutions with each other.

The next set of webinars for each region are being held tomorrow – Thursday 30 April  – and over 40 registrations have already been registered. If you would like to be involved please contact the TSA directly.

INDUSTRY’S GOT TALENT

On a more light hearted note the TSA has been running an Industry’s Got Talent competition on Twitter. Take a look at the latest entries on the Twitter feed @TextileServices.

You’ll see industry consultant Andy Marsh’s basketball skills, the TSA’s Shyju Skariah and Richard Newton’s brilliant musical talents, and Laundry & Cleaning Today’s very own Adam Young showcasing his impressive and speedy Rubik’s Cube skills!

To enter and join this talented line-up then just send the TSA a video of your hidden talents!

The TSA has been working extremely hard to represent the industry and keep members updated throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Here is just some of the useful information they have shared and the work they have been doing. Keep an eye on Laundry & Cleaning Today’s website and the TSA’s website for the latest information.

 

TSA GUIDANCE ON THE LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

The government web portal went live last week, and the TSA  has received confirmation from some members that they have already received the refund for furlough pay. They advise that if you have already claimed for your March’s payroll you may be required to wait for a further three weeks to reapply for April’s payroll – this is a point they have recently become aware of. Therefore, to help with cashflow, if you have not yet made a claim you may consider waiting until you have run your April payroll and merging the claim for March and April together.

Whilst it is not the intention of the scheme to encourage firms to make staff redundant the TSA recommend that businesses should start preparing for life after COVID-19 so where you believe you have no option but to reduce staff levels it seems that you can use the furlough scheme to help pay for notice periods which obviously need to be based on full pay.   The TSA recommend you take your own advice but it maybe something you wish to think about.

There is still some confusion over holiday pay, if you have asked staff to take any holiday that they accrue while they are furloughed it does have to be on full pay so it does complicate your payroll run. They will be discussing more on their webinar calls – see below.

 

LOBBYING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Hospitality grant

With their targeted approach of the open letter for support to the hospitality laundries the TSA has received responses from No. 10, BEIS and the chancellor’s office. Unfortunately, the responses are quite generic and does not acknowledge our specific industry concerns. However, they have had some further positive news that over three laundries in England have now been provided with the hospitality status. Therefore, they ask that businesses keep lobbying locally, as if we are all persistent, hopefully, the industry will be recognised as part of the hospitality sector.

 

Risks of home washing nurses uniforms

The TSA has continued to work with DMU, targeting the issue of allowing healthcare workers to self-care their uniforms at home and last week published a TSA press release on the topic.  This was followed up with a more technical press release directly from DMU and included a letter to Matt Hancock directly from Dr. Katie Laird at DMU. The DMU press release has been well publicised with BBC East Midlands Today, Radio Leicester, BBC Essex, Nursing Times to name a few.

 

Reusable Gowns

Additionally, the TSA are currently in discussion with the government on how we can come up with a long-term workable solution to help sort the evolving PPE gowns issue with the use of reusable gowns for every single hospital, care home, nursing home and primary care centre. The government estimate the current demand is around 400,000 a day for single use gowns whereas one reusable gown can be washed between 50-70  times. The TSA estimate annual savings of £400m, a reduction of 43m tonnes of clinical waste, guarantees supply for 12 months etc. However, at the moment the process of getting the project started is unfortunately very slow due to the disorganised government committees the TSA are in communication with. We’ll keep you informed of any updates on this topic and the TSA ask for help if anyone has connections with any senior contacts within government.

The TSA has formed a healthcare committee made up of a selection of operators who help provide guidance and technical support who met for the first time on 27 April. Richard O’Brien from Elis is taking a leading role on the work group.

Finally, another press release was published last Wednesday to emphasise the key workers behind the key workers titled ‘Give a shout out to the 4000 healthcare laundry workers!’ Read it here.

 

WEBINAR FOR SMALL INDEPENDENT LAUNDRIES

The TSA held their first webinar for small independent laundries last week. It was hosted by Guy Turvill (Swiss Laundry and Board member) and TSA’s CEO David Stevens and was very successful with 50 attendees!

The webinar covered the key concerns expressed to the TSA prior to the call with the focus on the issues that are likely to be created with a reopening of the hospitality sector.

Going forward they have planned to schedule one hour forums for smaller groups to allow better interaction between participants. This will be divided by region: South, Midlands and North. All three forums will cover the same topics and the sole purpose of dividing it is to allow a more open forum to share concerns, queries and solutions with each other.

The next set of webinars for each region are being held tomorrow – Thursday 30 April  – and over 40 registrations have already been registered. If you would like to be involved please contact the TSA directly.

 

INDUSTRY’S GOT TALENT

On a more light hearted note the TSA has been running an Industry’s Got Talent competition on Twitter. Take a look at the latest entries on the Twitter feed @TextileServices.

You’ll see industry consultant Andy Marsh’s basketball skills, the TSA’s Shyju Skariah and Richard Newton’s brilliant musical talents, and Laundry & Cleaning Today’s very own Adam Young showcasing his impressive and speedy Rubik’s Cube skills!

To enter and join this talented line-up then just send the TSA a video of your hidden talents!

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