Sports Laundry Systems CDC Approval

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agree that ozone cleaning systems are acceptable methods of processing laundry. Thus, ozone laundry systems that leave materials “hygienically clean” are approved for use nationwide.


When is laundry hygienically clean?

When material is free of pathogens in sufficient numbers to cause human illness, according to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.


Which ozone laundry systems meet this requirement?

Sports Laundry Systems meet this requirement. But most others do not. Sports Laundry Systems are clinically proven to kill fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens.


Are ozone laundry system manufacturers responsible for disinfection?

No. The end user must make an informed decision and select an ozone laundry system that is clinically proven to disinfect laundered materials.


How do you know if an ozone laundry system manufacturer meets CDC standards?

Owners of ozone laundry systems should obtain an agreement from the system manufacturer that states that the system adheres to the definition of hygienically clean. Sports Laundry Systems meet this standard.


Are ozone laundry system owners are responsible for the safety of their athletes and coaches?

Yes. The facility must select the most qualified ozone laundry system and obtain an agreement stating that the system meets the definition of hygienically clean.


Sports Laundry Systems deliver proper disinfection.

Sports Laundry Systems are backed by extensive laboratory testing and reporting that validate proper disinfection. More than 100 trials of comprehensive testing showed a total kill of:

Microorganisms: Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida Albicans, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Streptococcus faecalis, Aspergillus niger, Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter jejuni, Aeromonas mixed species, Actinobacter sps, Lactobacilli sps

Viruses: Lambda phage, FCoVA, Saccharomyces virus ScV-L-BC, Vibrio phage fs1


What role do health inspectors play?

Health inspectors will ask for a copy of the initial agreement and documentation that the ozone laundry system deliver “hygienically clean” laundry.


What’s the difference between other manufacturers and Sports Laundry Systems?

More testing. Sports Laundry Systems were subject to 100 clinical tests to prove disinfection. International and American microbiological laboratories perform hundreds of tests and thorough examinations. A package of validated testing is available to customers requesting results.

Proven to disinfect: Some ozone laundry system manufacturers provide general information about ozone gas as opposed to clinical testing conducted done using their equipment.

Disinfection is achieved with a specific ct value. Concentration of ozone (c) * exposure time (t) = ct value. If the concentration or exposure time is incorrect, disinfection will not be achieved.

Sports Laundry Systems validate disinfection on every washer load. This technology senses the concentration (c) of ozone in the contact chamber (washer) for a period of time (t). When the levels reach the Sports Laundry Systems approved disinfection levels, a light is illuminated on the validator. Without this patented technology, there is no way for users to know how much (or how little).

Featured Athletic Facilities

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

“The Sports Laundry System that we chose to go with is a system we felt was the best we could possibly find to make sure that our student athletes' health is always first and foremost. The opportunity to be able to partner with Sports Laundry Systems was paramount to us.”

– Darryl Sims, Director of Athletic
   University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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