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First Nationwide Ergonomic Standard Written Specifically to Protect Hotel Housekeepers from Musculoskeletal Injuries Approved

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First Nationwide Ergonomic Standard Written Specifically to Protect Hotel Housekeepers from Musculoskeletal Injuries Approved 

The Office of Administrative Law has just approved a new Workplace Safety & Health Regulation specific to Hotel Housekeepers & Hospitality industry. Taking effect on July 1, 2018, Cal/OSHA intends to enforce this new standard - the first ergonomic standard of its kind.

Musculoskeletal Injuries Defined:

Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries of a muscle, tendon, ligament, bursa, peripheral nerve, joint, bone or spinal disc that can limit or prevent someone from working. According to Cal/OSHA, hotel housekeepers frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries when lifting mattresses, pulling linens, pushing heavy carts, and slipping, tripping or falling while cleaning bathrooms - at a rate higher than workers in other industries.

This Workplace Safety & Health Regulation Requires Employers In  
The Hotel & Lodging Industry to Identify, Evaluate & Correct  
Housekeeping-related Hazards with The Involvement of  
Housekeepers & Their Union Representative

Under the new rule, covered employers will be required to have a specific written Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP). The MIPP Must Include:
  • Procedures to identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards through worksite evaluations
  • Include employees in the evaluation process
  • 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
  • The initial evaluations, written plan and training all must be completed by September 29, 2018
When evaluating worksite hazards, investigating injuries and identifying corrective measures, input from the housekeepers and their union representatives is required. The standard will be added to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations: Section 3345, Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

The Bottom Line:
This law applies to all California employers and requires that all hotels,
motels and bed and breakfasts adopt a written housekeeper ergonomic
injury prevention plan - with evaluations and training for each hotel.  CalWorkSafety welcome the opportunity to assist all hotel, motel
 and bed and breakfast employers in complying with this new
regulation.  Even though the regulation is not effective until
July 1, 2018, now is when employers are encouraged to use this
90-day period to prepare for the defined steps
necessary to comply to the new law.  
   
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