California Acts to Make the Workplace Safer for Hotel Housekeepers

By Anna Breuer on 13 March 2018
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The InterContinental Mark Hopkins

New regulations that are intended to reduce workplace-related injuries to housekeepers in hotels are slated to go into effect next month in California, as mandated by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the state’s safety and health agency, frequently referred to as Cal/OSHA.

“Hotel housekeepers have higher rates of acute and cumulative injuries compared to workers in other industries, and data shows those injuries have steadily increased,” said Juliann Sum, who heads the agency.

Indeed according to data provided by Cal/OSHA, housekeepers frequently suffer from musculoskeletal injuries occasioned by their tasks, which include lifting mattresses, pushing heavy carts, and pulling linens, and there is a risk of tripping and falling when cleaning slippery areas such as bathrooms.

The regulations call for hoteliers to establish a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program that will include the training of employees, including supervisors, on safe practices, a process for early reporting of injuries, procedures to identify housekeeping hazards at a property, and a way of correcting hazards once identified.

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