BALTIMORE, MD — The results of a scientific study assessing the health risks of laundered, reusable shop towels will be released in a national telephone news briefing on March 5, according to an email media advisory.

The Feb. 12 email stated that the study was conducted by an independent researcher that is a textile services industry advocate. The study looked to quantify health impacts of towels in the automotive and machinery industries.

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The study is a direct response to allegations made by the disposables industry. The independent study has been submitted for peer review for publication by a Johns Hopkins University industrial hygienist.

The telephone news briefing will last about 20 minutes.