PM developed by Öster Research on behalf of the Swedish Textile Service Association

Since January 1, 2016, the National Board of Health and Welfare's new regulations (SOSFS 2015: 10) apply to basic hygiene in care and care. The regulations apply in work situations where there is physical contact between staff and patients / users / residents and there is a risk of transmitting infectious substances.

This means that there is a requirement for work clothes for employees in, for example, group housing, home service and special housing for the elderly. Work clothes may only be worn at work or while traveling between the various workplaces. In addition, it is stated in particular that the top must be short-sleeved and that the work clothes should be changed daily. It feels obvious that work clothes should be offered. It is, among other things, a matter of hygiene, identification and justice.

During the summer of 2016, the Swedish Textile Service Association conducted a survey among the country's municipalities to find out how the new regulations will be handled. The results showed that many municipalities are investigating what needs they have and are in the starting pits to carry out procurement.

In order to show what this can mean for the laundry and textile service industry, a simple calculation example is presented below of what the new regulations can mean in terms of market potential and new hires. The table below lists a number of major occupational groups that will be affected by the new regulations

professionNumber of professionals
Assistant nurses, home care, home care and the elderly135970
Nurses, habilitation4325
Nursing assistants76879
Caretaker, housing caretaker54433
Personal Assistants68105

In total, almost 340 people work in one of the professions above. If all of these were to be equipped with work clothes, the market potential would be the number of people multiplied by an annual cost of about SEK 000 for laundry and textile service. This gives us a rough estimate of the potential market value to SEK 5500 billion.

Managing this requires staff, just over half of the company's costs are wage costs. Thus, around SEK 934 million could go to salaries. With an starting salary in the industry of SEK 20139 per month, which means an annual cost per employee of SEK 3267151 this would mean salary for 2859 new employees.

A strengthening of the workforce with 2859 new employees would mean an increase of approximately 70% compared with the current 4133 full-time employees in the laundry and textile service industry. If you count hourly employees and the extra staff that strengthens during summer holidays and vacations, it would mean an increase from about 5000 people to 8500 people.

Of course, there are more factors to consider, such as how the regulations will be interpreted, how many already have work clothes, etc. It does, however, give a clue as to the great potential that exists for professional authorized textile service companies under the new regulations.


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