The WASH&LOAD project has been set up by an international consortium to develop a refunctionalising process for PPE. Refunctionalisation is applying functionalities to protective clothing, after which they can be monitored and validated by the textile service company.WASH&LOAD implements the latest achievements in science and technology. This is realised by developing innovative and comprehensible procedures and cost-effective practices for reloading protective functionalities for PPE in industry, food industry, hospitality and health & care applications. The WASH&LOAD system ensures the functional properties and extends the life cycle of textiles by re-application and validation.
The current situation for PPE is a level of functionalisation that can last a predetermined number of washing cycles. The PPE is supposed to be disposed after this number of cycles, independently on the real state of the equipment. It may be the case that protective functions have already declined even before the number of standard washing cycles has been reached, because of excessive abrasion or other damages. This reduces the level of protection drastically and exposes the employer to liabilities in case of accidents or injuries. WASH&LOAD assures the performance level.
Refunctionalisation is the re-application or refreshing of textile functionalities as part of the laundry process, making the textile 100% fit for re-use again.