New workplace safety and health regulations protecting hotel housekeepers
- On 1 April 2018
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
It’s soon to be the law! Effective July 1, 2018, Cal/OSHA will be enforcing a new set of workplace health and safety regulations that specifically target the hospitality industry. These regulations are the first in the nation to protect housekeepers from common risk factors leading to on-the-job injuries.
Hotel housekeeping is a labor-intensive job that often leads to injuries. Housekeepers frequently suffer from a range of injuries, including muscle and tendon, bone and joint, and even nerve injuries. These injuries are caused by the heavy physical demands of the job, such as lifting mattresses, pushing supply carts and pulling linens. These serious injures can prevent the room attendant from working effectively, or at all.
Effective July 2018, covered employers will be required to enact a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) that included in the following:
- Procedures to identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards through worksite evaluations;
- Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers;
- Methods to correct identified hazards; and
- Training of employees and supervisors on safe practices and controls, and a process for early reporting of injuries to the employer.
“This regulation requires employers [in the hotel and lodging industry] to identify, evaluate and correct housekeeping-related hazards with the involvement of housekeepers and their union representative,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.
More information on the standard can also be found on Cal/OSHA’s website.