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Laundry Worker (2116)

Laundry Worker

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DG40
  • Class Code: 2116
  • Established: 08/16/1935
  • Revised: 01/19/1983
  • Title Changed: 02/07/1973


Under supervision, to perform skilled work in washing operations in a State institution laundry; to maintain and make minor adjustments and repairs to laundry machinery and equipment; to supervise, instruct, and work with employees and helpers from the patient/resident population; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or patient/resident workers; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Operates washers, starch cookers, extractors, tumblers, sterilizers, presses, and flatwork ironers; cleans, oils, and makes adjustments and minor repairs to laundry equipment and machinery; prepares soap, starch, bluing, bleaching, and other washing solutions; cleans work areas; inspects personnel and working areas and maintains safety and sanitation standards; may receive and sort clothes; assigns work and gives instruction and training to employees and to helpers from the patient/resident population, evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; reports on the work progress of assistants; keeps records.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Laundry Worker Assistant.



Two years of experience in a laundry. This experience must have included operation of washers, tumblers, and other washroom equipment.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures and equipment used in washroom operations in a laundry; general laundry practices and methods; use of chemicals in spot and stain removal; safety and sanitation measures used in the operation, cleaning, and care of laundry equipment and work areas; preparation and use of disinfectant compounds; principles of effective supervision.


Skill in: Operating washers, extractors, tumblers, sterilizers, and other equipment.


Ability to: Distinguish woolen, cotton, rayon, and silk articles and fugitive colors; maintain and make minor repairs and adjustments on laundry equipment; prepare soap, starch, bluing, bleaching, and other solutions; instruct and work with employees and helpers from the patient/resident population; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; keep records and prepare reports; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.

Special Personal Characteristics

Understanding of and willingness to work with the patient/resident population of a State institution; personal cleanliness; freedom from communicable diseases; and ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.

Special Physical Characteristics

Sufficient strength and agility to load, unload and operate industrial capacity laundry machines.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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