National Clothesline
National Clothesline
June 2016
National Clothesline
Hanger penalties. Importers of wire garment
hangers from the Far East have been hit with
nearly $4 million in penalties by U.S. Customs
and Border Protection in recent months.
The right name. When David Redmond was
coming up with a name for his drycleaning plant,
he wanted something with flavor and a little
Measure it. Customer retention is important to
the health of your business so it’s important to
measure it routinely. Trudy Adams tells how to
take that measurement.
Lighten up. Most boiler rooms are gloomy and ill-
lit, disguising conditions that can cause boiler
failure. Bruce Grossman wants you to turn on
the lights and have a good look.
Unlocking the answer. Do lockers have a spot in
drycleaning? That’s one of the top five questions
asked of James Peuster and here is his not-so-
simple answer.
Got trouble? Don Desrosiers is fond of describing
management as “looking for trouble,” which he
views as an example of proactive management.
California bound. Two drycleaning companies,
one from the East Coast and another from the
Midwest, plan to expand their markets to
Southern California.
Showtime for SEFA. The Southern Drycleaners
and Launderers Show opens June 24 at the
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in
Believe in you. Effective promotion begins with a
strong belief in you — your ideas, concepts,
products and services, and most of all what you
have to offer others. Neil Schroeder explains.
DLI deals. DLI has made arrangements with
three allied trades firms to provide additional
services for members.
New OSHA HCS rules in full effect
June 1 was the final phase-in date for OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard, so all
suppliers and end-users of chemicals should by now have incorporated the new system into
their operations and employee training.
These requirements include:
• Ensuring that all chemical containers are appropriately labeled — the new labels typically
include a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each
hazard class and category.
• Maintaining compliant
safety data sheets for each
hazardous chemical in the
• Appropriately informing and
training employees on the
hazardous chemicals in their
work area.
The revised standard brings
the United States into
alignment with the Globally
Harmonized System of
Classification and Labeling of
Chemicals (GHS). The old
familiar Material Safety Data
Sheets have been phased
out, replaced by new Safety
Data Sheets which convey
much of the same information
but in a different format. Also
new are a set of pictograms
and “signal” words that
indicate the particular
hazards of a product.
The new Safety Data Sheets
and the pictogram system
should not be unfamiliar to
drycleaners since
manufacturers and
distributors have been
incorporating them over the
past few years during the
As of December of last year,
distributors were not to ship chemical products without an HCS compliant label. The new Safety
Data Sheets should be integrated into the employer’s hazard communication files. A safety data
sheet for each hazardous chemical in the workplace must be on file.    
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