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NDCL LAUNCHED FACEBOOK SITE : update – 180 regular viewers.
On Sunday, March 4th, we created a FaceBook page for the NATIONAL. A common misconception is that you have to be "on Facebook" to look at it. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a public page, a company page. Just click on the link! Why Facebook when we have a website? With a webpage - generally speaking - you only log on if you are actually looking for something in particular ... and certainly our Classified ads. and Directories are a good reason to visit. But so many people pop on and off FB each day I thought it would be a timely way of giving News in bursts.
and now, 172 LIKEs. Please visit and Like us. Make us part of your day!
LAUNTEX 2013 will be held at the newly Novotel Brighton Le Sands,
How's that? More news as it comes to hand but I urge all launderers
If you want specific topics to be covered, or speakers,
More information as it comes to hand.
You heard it here first!
Relief Drycleaner required in New Plymouth, NZ
for May and June.
$25 per hour, beach front apartment
and vehicle provided.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY HAS OCCURRED TO PURCHASE
A HIGH QUALITY SMALL PIECE IRONER LINE
CURRENTLY PRODUCING AT AN APPROXIMATE RATE OF 2500 PIECES PER HOUR,
PILLOWCASES AND TABLE NAPKINS ETC.
The equipment comprises:
• LAPAUW GAS Ironer 2 Roll
x 900dia x 3000mm
Year of Mfg: 2002
• WEIR VACFEED 37 Feeder
Year of Mfg: 2004
• WEIR 64/12 Folder and Stacker
with full by-pass Year of Mfg: 2010
The current owner needs to increase
production and is awaiting delivery of a larger capacity Lapauw ironer and Weir equipment, due late January 2013.
There is an opportunity to see the current installation in full production beforehand.
Call us to make arrangements for a site visit or go to our website www.veeco.com.au to view a short video clip which also has links to download brochures and technical data of the individual items.
Interest in this equipment is expected to be very strong so if you are seriously interested please act without delay!
Call VEECO for further information:
Matt: mob – 0417 947 280 or
Bill: mob - 0419 928 191
Laundry Plant Engineer – SYDNEY
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney operates an external laundry off premises in nearby Alexandria.
Ralph Street Laundry has fast become an industry leader. They are renowned for their superior quality of product, friendly service and prompt deliveries of linen.
Our reputable Laundry provides linen services to many hotels and conference centres in Sydney, processing linen for 5000 hotel rooms per day on average. Therefore our Laundry Plant Engineer plays a crucial role to our success as they need to ensure that our high tech machinery is in full working order and condition, consistently well maintained and operating effectively so as to achieve a high quality and timely output of linen.
The main responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Servicing of commercial laundry equipment
- Maintain preventative maintenance programs
- Actively identifying problems with machinery and proposing solutions
- Responding to breakdowns as required, which may include after hours
- Directly communicating with machinery and chemical suppliers
The successful candidate will possess:
- Experience with PLC and HMI is desirable
- Electrical connect and disconnect certificate
- Solid all round mechanical skills and the ability to maintain safe working practices
- Knowledge of boilers would be advantageous
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability to work well within a large team
- Solid time management skills
- The ability to work evenings, weekends and public holidays
For further information or to apply for this role, please contact:
Human Resources Manager
(02) 9250 3380
DRY CLEANER WANTED
Full time, Rotating shifts & weekends,
$18.95/hr plus penalties, Melbourne CBD
Dry cleaning Safe Handling of Perc license
& Australian working rights required.
Phaelyn, 03 9653 4523 or
Right now there are 16, 000 homeless people including families on Sydney streets and winter is coming. There are not enough blankets and there are not enough transport vehicles for the food that needs to be delivered. The charities that are dedicated to providing for the needy are working tirelessly, but there is more work to be done! The money raised for Oz Harvest will go to cost of delivering foods. $1000 will allow them to deliver an additional 1000 meals this winter. The project is called "FED and a BED". It is designed to let homeless people know that we care. On June 2, 2012, a drop off of blankets and money will be donated to charities that directly deal with homeless men, women, children and families.
The outcome of the project Fed and a Bed is to keep as many homeless people this winter warm and fed. If we touch one homeless person positively it could alter their future, leading them to get off the streets .
We are aiming to collect 1000 Blankets and raise $1000. If you would like to donate to Oz Harvest and can’t make it on the 2nd June, please go to http://www.ozharvest.org/donatemoney.asp?pageID=619 Blankets can be dropped off at anytime to Marrickville MISSION BEAT OFFICE. Supporting Mission Australia and Oz Harvest.
Please join us on Facebook for all updates on this project.
DCCAS GARMENT ALERT - Lemonade on the Lawn
A lady’s red floral and green leaf printed cotton dress, now with an approximately white background, labelled Lemonade on the Lawnexhibiting a loss of the original yellow background colour and a possible colour run from the floral print
pattern after recommended dry cleaning.
• Designer/Manufacturer: 'Lemonade on the Lawn'
• Fibre Content Labelling: 100% cotton, lining - 100% cotton
• Care Labelling: Cold Hand Wash Separately, Do Not Soak, Do Not Bleach, Do Not Rub or Wring, Do Not Tumble Dry, Line Dry in Shade, Cool Iron, Dry Cleanable
• Size Labelling: 12
• Country of Origin: Australia
UPDATE ON HUGO BOSS SUIT JACKET WITH FAILED FUSIBLE INTERFACE – STEVE PYOTT
On 21/04/2012, at 3:44 PM, Steven Pyott wrote:
Hi Shirley, Thank you for the mention on your FaceBook Page - I'll look forward to an onslaught of interest! It is good timing that you got in touch as I have just been informed about a very interesting outcome in relation to the latest of eight known cases of a Hugo Boss suit jacket with failed fusible interfacing. I was informed about this case a few weeks ago by the dry cleaner's agent in Victoria but the dry cleaner himself phoned me yesterday to let me know that he used my DCCAS Garment Alert to help the customer with this matter and the customer took the complaint to Hugo Boss, using this Alert, presumably, and this has now resulted in him having his suit replaced by Hugo Boss. As this case was one of at least eight that we know about it is a great precedent for any other dry cleaners and their customers. When I get some time, I will be updating the Hugo Boss Garment Alert on my web site but you may be interested in passing this information on to your readers on the meantime. I told David W (Qld) about this because he had had two cases of this problem and he was amazed and thought it was a great result.
Advertise in the NATIONAL magazine Classifieds section and you get FREE listing on our website and Facebook page! Example
Dry cleaning license & Australian working rights required.
Phaelyn, 03 9653 4523 or
COMMENT ON CODES OF PRACTICE
Interested Australians are encouraged to have their say on five new work health and safety model Codes of Practice that were released today for a 12 week public comment period.
The Codes released for public comment today are:
Safe Design, Manufacture, Import and Supply of Plant
Working in the Vicinity of Overhead and Underground Electrical Lines
Traffic Management in Workplaces
Scaffolding Work, and
Formwork and Falsework.
Businesses, industries, workers and the wider community are encouraged to take this opportunity to contribute to work health and safety issues that directly affect their workplaces and their working lives.
This is the third set of Codes of Practice developed to support the WHS Act and Regulations. They are part of a suite of documents being developed by Safe Work Australia, the Commonwealth, states and territory governments as part of harmonised work health and safety laws across Australia. Harmonised laws aim to achieve the best possible approach to safety for all Australian workplaces.
The public comment period for these Codes of Practice will close 22 June 2012 5pm AEST.
For more information on how to submit comments or on the work health and safety laws, visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING HAS BEEN UPDATED.
If you have an old ad. up on the site that is no longer necessary please send me an email to remove it.
(We tend to be a bit on the generous side with leaving ads. up.)
FIRES IN THE LAUNDRY INDUSTRY
An allied trader writes:
I have been ruminating on the potential for major costs increases for laundries’ insurance policies in the future. By my count there have been nine (9) significant laundry fires this CALENDAR year (2011) to date. Plus at least 1 “close thing”.
Not necessarily in order:
Hallmark Linen, Newtown NSW. Small commercial laundry. 5 to 10 tonnes per week.
Garden City Laundry, Ballarat. Small commercial laundry. 5 to 10 tonnes per week.
Superclean Linen, Echuca. Presently being rebuilt and some new machinery coming including large scale stuff. Out of action for 3-4 months. Medium commercial laundry, >30 tonnes pw
Thomson Linen, Mildura. Just had all new machinery installed including tunnel washer system, new ironer line. 3-4 months out of action. Laundry done in Adelaide. Medium commercial laundry, >30 tonnes pw.
Bay City Laundry, Geelong. Small commercial laundry, maybe >8 tpw.
Twin Cities Laundry, Albury. (Kalliana Enterprises). Disabled employer. Fully burnt out. Just getting re-established now after 5 or 6 months. Small commercial laundry.
Wagga Wagga Laundry. Burnt out. Will not reopen. Medium commercial laundry.
Triple A Teatowels, Melbourne. Closed down for 3 months. New washers and driers. Small commercial laundry.
Spotless Darwin. Significant damage; some new washers and ironer line. Large commercial laundry.
and Ballarat Laundry had a small fire in a storeroom off their laundromat, and narrowly averted a major episode. Operates 2 sites; one is a small commercial laundry.
This year follows on from fires in Fremantle FSL W.A. and Princes Altona and International Adelaide a few years ago, and Spotless Dudley Park (S.A.) a year or so ago.
Editor: Some interesting points raised there, and I must admit it had occurred to me that there seemed to be rather a lot of fires. A leading insurance broker is working on an article for me as we speak but I am inviting comment from the industry. Please write and tell us your experiences, especially if you have had a 'near miss' ... what happened, how did the problem arise and how was it caught.
In the United States the EPA has Released a Final Health Assessment for Tetrachloroethylene (Perc)
Public health protections remain in place
PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON, USA – (February 8)
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene – also known as perchloroethylene, or perc – to EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. Perc is a chemical solvent widely used in the dry cleaning industry. It is also used in the cleaning of metal machinery and to manufacture some consumer products and other chemicals.
Confirming longstanding scientific understanding and research, the final assessment characterizes perc as a “likely human carcinogen.” The assessment provides estimates for both cancer and non-cancer effects associated with exposure to perc over a lifetime.
EPA does not believe that wearing clothes dry cleaned with perc will result in exposures which pose a risk of concern. EPA has already taken several significant actions to reduce exposure to perc. EPA has clean air standards for dry cleaners that use perc, including requirements that will phase-out the use of perc by dry cleaners in residential buildings by December 21, 2020 in the USA. EPA also set limits for the amount of perc allowed in drinking water and levels for cleaning up perc at Superfund sites throughout the country, which will be updated in light of the IRIS assessment.
“The perc health assessment released today will provide valuable information to help protect people and communities from exposure to perc in soil, water and air,” said Paul Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This assessment emphasizes the value of the IRIS database in providing strong science to support government officials as they make decisions to protect the health of the American people.”
The toxicity values reported in the perc IRIS assessment will be considered in:
Establishing cleanup levels at the hundreds of Superfund sites where perc is a contaminant
Revising EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level for perc as part of the carcinogenic volatile organic compounds group in drinking water, as described in the agency’s drinking water strategy
Evaluating whether to propose additional limits on the emissions of perc into the atmosphere, since perc is considered a hazardous air pollutant under the Clean Air Act
The assessment replaces the 1988 IRIS assessment for perc and for the first time includes a hazard characterization for cancer effects. This assessment has undergone several levels of rigorous, independent peer review including: agency review, interagency review, public comment, and external peer review by the National Research Council. All major review comments have been addressed.
EPA continues to strengthen IRIS as part of an ongoing effort to ensure the best possible science is used to protect human health and the environment. In May 2009, EPA streamlined the IRIS process to increase transparency, ensure the timely publication of assessments, and reinforce independent review. In July 2011, EPA announced further changes to strengthen the IRIS program in response to recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences. EPA’s peer review process is designed to elicit the strongest possible critique to ensure that each final IRIS assessment reflects sound, rigorous science.
More information on the perc IRIS assessment: http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0106.htm
More information on perc: http://epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/perchloroethylene_fact_sheet.html
More information on IRIS: http://www.epa.gov/IRIS
OFFICE OF NDCL
In this age of technology, and particularly with my business being largely conducted by email and telephone, I have decided that operating a business office is largely a waste of money and travel time and like a lot of IT people, I now work from a home based office. The NDCL business line has been disconnected and will be rerouted direct to my mobile number. Please delete the office details and replace with telephone +61 (0) 408 600 312 (International callers: please change your telephone contact details for NDCL to +61 (0) 408 600 312). Thank you! Our mailing address has changed, too. Mail to: NDCL PO BOX 920 SYLVANIA SOUTHGATE NSW 2224 AUSTRALIA
More Help for Mature Age Workers – At last some funding for those who are normally ineligible
Finally some funding for those who own/manage a laundry/dry cleaning business to get either their cert III in dry cleaning operations or cert IV Frontline Management. The Australian Government is making $30 million available over the next three years, so that 7500 mature age workers with trade relevant skills but no formal qualifications will have the opportunity to have their skills assessed and formally recognised. More Help for Mature Age Workers is aimed at workers aged 50 years and over and provides a focus on skilling up mature age workers to address both productivity and skills shortages.
LDCT Laundry Dry Cleaning Training can help those who own or run a laundry/dry cleaning business to apply for this funding and provide the necessary tools for an RPL (recognised prior learning) to achieve their trade qualifications in either cert III in Dry Cleaning Operations or Cert IV Frontline management for those who already have their trade qualifications.
The Federal Government is offering $2200 to successful applicants per qualification. LDCT can then provide Fee for Service, the necessary RPL/Skills recognition to achieve the qualification Australia Wide. This offer is for all industries across Australia so first in best Qualified.
For more details or help with applications please contact Kerryn Rizza 0416052528
Kerryn J Rizza Grad Dip Industrial Education & Training TAE CertIV FLM
LDCT Laundry Dry Cleaning Training
PO Box 608
Cardiff NSW 2285
02 49 588817 BH
02 49 588877 Fax
MANY BLOOD BANKS ACROSS AUSTRALIA ARE REPORTING CRITICALLY LOW LEVELS OF STOCK - PLEASE GIVE YOUR BLOOD TODAY
How many family members do you have? Workmates? Friends? Do you know that 1 in 3 Australians will need a blood product during their lifetime? Heart surgery, cancer treatment, road accident victims, fire and burns, pre-term babies .... the list is endless. Do you know only 1 in 30 Australians donates blood? Find your nearest Blood Bank today and make a deposit. We need more blood donors of whole blood and it doesn't matter what type you are. Note to Happy Wanderers: my time to donate again came up and the Red Cross phoned me as usual. In establishing a date they asked if I had been overseas lately. I said to the US, and they advised an eight week non-donation period from the date of return. And if I'm out of the mix to the end of August YOU need to make up for it!!! You are needed NOW! Recent news example below:
WANTED: LAUNDRY SOFTWARE PACKAGE. PLEASE REPLY SHIRLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking to upgrade our laundry software from Quickbooks to something more specific to our industry and I was wondering if you know of any software that would be appropriate for us being a commercial laundry without any dry cleaning?
A Commercial Laundry
FILTERFAB ON SAFETY AND IRONER TRAINING
"Our ironer training freely available on http://www.filterfab.com/training and "Germstop" is now on here too. All the posters can bedownloaded from here as a pdf BUT Filterfab are happy to send out a laminated poster in A3 – Free of Charge – on request to any customer who wants it.
GreenEarth Cleaning Wins Australian Award
The United Nations Association of Australia announced GreenEarth Cleaning and its Affiliates as finalists in this year's national World Environment Day Awards. The Virgin Blue Business Awards - Best Specific Environmental Initiative selected "GreenEarth Cleaning Australasia - 'Eco Friendly Cleaning For Your Entire Wardrobe'" as one of the outstanding initiatives in bringing an eco-friendly process to Australia to help replace hazardous alternatives. Please see EVENTS this website for full details.
NEWSFLASH! CHECK OUT THE NEW GARMENT ALERTS FROM DCCAS, LOCATED IN THE ORANGE BOX ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THIS HOME PAGE. ADDITIONAL BACK COPIES OF ALERTS ARE BEING LOADED PERIODICALLY.
As regular readers of the NATIONAL would be aware, Steve Pyott, (B.Sc., M.Sc., CText A.T.I., Grad.Cert.Ed., Adv.Dep.Ed) and Chartered Textile Technologist contributes a regular column to the NATIONAL magazine over the banner of his company, DCCAS (Dry Cleaning Complaints Arbitration Services). I was so delighted to hear from Steve this week when he wrote to advise a Queensland drycleaner had phoned to say he had Hugo Boss suit on his counter which corresponded to the latest Alert, and wondered if Steve had a copy of the article as published in the NATIONAL magazine. Of course, Steve had the .pdf which he promptly emailed to the drycleaner. It is this sort of interlinked activity in the industry, where different bodies work together, that is so practical and beneficial.
UPDATE: Check out the attached .pdf with the Update on this story at DCCAS at left.
Then, there is the same old struggle which our industry continues to face where helpful information is provided – in this instance by both Steve Pyott and DIA - only to find it printed under the banner "Don't get taken to the Cleaners". Nothing more than a lazy way of attracting readers with a headline that has little to do with the content.
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If you have News and Views to share, please forward to email@example.com or www.nationaldrycleaners.com.au
Meanwhile, don't forget to click the heading bars above for EVENTS, CLASSIFIEDS, and the like as this website is updated practically daily! We also have an additional two new pages on our site, while breaking news is still at the forefront on the front home page, recent news is now split off into both Laundry and Drycleaning News Archives. If you have any suggestions for the site, don't hesitate to drop me a line!
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