New Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers

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Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

CalOSHA recently announced that California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers.

The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, will become effective July 1, 2018. The regulation requires employers to identify, evaluate and correct housekeeping-related hazards with the involvement of housekeepers and their union representative.

The new regulation requires employers in the hotel and lodging industry to establish, implement and maintain an effective Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP). Hotel housekeepers frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries from lifting mattresses, pulling linens, pushing heavy carts, and slipping, tripping or falling while cleaning bathrooms.

The MIPP must include the following:
•    Procedures to identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards through worksite evaluations that include housekeeper input
•    Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers
•    Methods to correct identified hazards
•    Training of employees and supervisors on safe practices and controls, and a process for early reporting of injuries to the employer

This regulation comes after six years of CalOSHA staff research and analysis and participation by the public through meetings, hearings and submission of comments.

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