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Shop-Towel Wars: Textile Rental Association Weighs In

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has described as “frivolous” the claims in a recent study that laundered shop towels contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals. TRSA issued this rebuttal in a news release on July 21.

The main points of rebuttal are given by TRSA on their website

The study, “Evaluation of Potential Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” was published in PaintSquare News on July 21, and a follow-up story on reactions to the study was also published in PaintSquare News.

 Oral exposure to metals in laundered shop towels via hand contact


Throughout its news release about the study, TRSA indicates that another association, the International Nonwovens & Disposables Association (INDA), was the originator of the research.

They refer to “INDA researchers” as the creators of the study; they claim the study was “self-published” by INDA and that it is an “INDA document.” INDA President Rory Holmes, however, denied these claims about its involvement in the study.

TRSA spokesman Ken Koepper, in a rebuttal, says the study was published in the INDA journal and that it received publicity from INDA.

When the study was issued by the environmental consulting firm Gradient, the company said that the study was commissioned by Kimberly Clark Professional, which makes disposable wipes for use in shops. Gradient did not mention any collaboration with INDA.

TRSA says the study contains “baseless assumptions” and “lack of substantiation of claims.” Additionally, TRSA notes the lack of objectivity in the study.

INDA issued a supportive news release about the study on July 20.


Tagged categories: Health and safety; Lead; Metals; Regulations; Research; Toxicity

Comment from Tony Logemann, (7/26/2011, 4:34 PM)

I sell industrial toweling and i have been telling my customers towling is cheaper and cleaner.

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