UPDATE ON LAUNDRY STANDARD

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A CATCH UP ON RESULTS FROM INDUSTRY ACTION ON LAUNDRY STANDARD

Hi Shirley

Firstly, thank you for your assistance in regards to the standards.

I have attached the response from Standards Australia.
They appear to be impressed by the level of support from the textile and laundry industries.
Hopefully all standards will reconfirmed.

Cheers

Fiona

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From: Claire Gunning <Claire.Gunning@standards.org.au>
Date: 28 November 2016 at 10:20
Subject: RE: AGED STANDARDS REVIEW
To: Fiona McDonald <fiona.mcdonald@rmit.edu.au>

Dear Fiona,

Thank you for your email to Standards Australia enclosing emails of support for the textile and laundry standards.

Hopefully, based on the work the industry has done to show its support, we can now have these Standards reconfirmed.

We appreciate the effort you have gone to and recognise the work behind getting this level support for the standards.

I will let you know as soon as an outcome has been reached.

Regards,

Claire

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From: Fiona McDonald [mailto:fiona.mcdonald@rmit.edu.au]
Sent: Friday, 25 November 2016 3:48 PM
To: Claire Gunning
Subject: RE: AGED STANDARDS REVIEW

25 November 2016

Claire Gunning
Standards AustraliA
Level 10
20 Bridge Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

Dear Claire

Re: Aged standards review – textile and laundry

RMIT Textile Testing Services is an independent testing service, accredited by NATA to ISO 17025-2005. We regularly refer to the following Australian Standards for test procedures, as well as industry, defence and government health services specifications. Under-graduate and Post- graduate students also reference these standards in their research.

The decision to withdraw the standards has taken much of the Textile and Laundry industries by surprise, as majority do not access the Standards Australia Website for regular updates.

Although some may be in need of review, the standards are still fit for purpose and are called up in industry specifications. I believe they should be retained until such a time that they can be thoroughly reviewed.

This view has been endorsed by Textile, Clothing and Laundry businesses, industry representative groups, test houses and consultancy services within Australia; and also by Australian Government departments (please see attached zip file).

AS 2663.1-1997 Textiles – Woven and knitted fabrics for window furnishings – Uncoated fabrics

AS 2663.2-1999 Textiles – Fabrics for window furnishings – Coated curtain fabrics

AS 2663.3-1999 Textiles – Fabrics for window furnishings – Vertical and Holland blinds

AS 2687-1997 Textiles – Upholstery fabrics for domestic and commercial use (excluding face-coated fabrics

AS 3789.10-2000 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Blankets – Cotton woven cellular blankets

AS 3789.1-1991 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – General ward linen

AS 3789.2-1991 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Theatre linen and pre-packs

AS 3789.3-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Apparel for operating theatre staff

AS 3789.4-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Wool blankets

AS 3789.5-1994 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Wool blankets – Laundering procedures

AS 3789.6-1996 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Fabric specifications

AS 3789.7-1996 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – General apparel

AS 3789.8-1997 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Recyclable barrier fabrics

AS 3789.9-1998 Textiles for health care facilities and institutions – Curtains and patient bed screens – Fabric performance properties

AS 4146-2000 Laundry Practice

AS 4877.3-2001 Rubber- or plastics-coated fabrics – Specification for polyurethane-coated woven fabrics

AS 4878.2-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of length- width and net mass

AS 4878.3-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of total mass per unit area- mass per unit area of coating and mass per unit area of substrate

AS 4878.4-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of thickness

AS 4878.5-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of bursting strength

AS 4878.6-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of tensile strength and elongation at break

AS 4878.7-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of tear resistance

AS 4878.8-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of coating adhesion

AS 4878.9-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of resistance to damage by flexing

AS 4878.11-2001 Methods of test for coated fabrics – Determination of blocking resistance

We do welcome review and communication around the standards of the future, however I feel to simply discontinue these standards will be detrimental to the industries they support.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss further.

Yours sincerely

Fiona McDonald
Laboratory Supervisor
RMIT Textile Testing Services

D: 03 9925 9142
M: 0401 960 934

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