IC16 Policy for handling of linen and clothing

Infection prevention and control
Issue No
Issue 3

Target Audience

All inpatient staff


Clothing or bed linen used by service users is a potential infection risk to those staff who are handling it on a ward or department; and during transportation to or processing in the laundry.

The risk of acquiring infection from linen, even if it is contaminated by blood and body fluids or excreta from infected service users is low, if it is handled with gloves and sealed in an impermeable bag at source and laundered in accordance with the appropriate policy.


Lead executive
Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)

Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team
01244 397700

Policy dates & history

Implementation Date

23 May 2013

Review Date

31 May 2018

Approval Meeting

Infection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)


Document Quality Group (DQG)


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