California leading the way for safe working practices

California has put an updated, workplace safety and health code in place, in order to avoid and decrease work-place accidents experienced by caretakers. This revised specification, sanctioned by Cal/OSHA, was authorised on 09/03/18 by the Office of Administrative Law.

“Hotel housekeepers have higher rates of acute and cumulative injuries compared to workers in other industries, and data shows those injuries have steadily increased,” Juliann Sum stated, chief of Cal/OSHA.

“This regulation requires employers to identify, evaluate and correct housekeeping-related hazards with the involvement of housekeepers and their union representative.”

The current order demands that employers in the hotel/lodging industry are to enforce an adequate Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program.

As a result of staff constantly pulling weighty trolleys, falling on slippery surfaces, and manually handling heavy mattresses, they’re often subject to musculoskeletal injuries.

It is mandatory that the MIPP consists of:

Taking actions to discover and consider housekeeping risks by carrying out workplace assessments, taking on recommendations from the hotel staff.
Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries experienced by housekeepers.
Policies to investigate musculoskeletal injuries experienced by housekeepers.
Procedures that will put right any risks that have been pinpointed.
Educating workers and administrators on safe work procedures, whilst implementing methods for detailing accidents to the employer sooner rather than later.

Back in 2012, hotel/lodging staff commissioners brought forward a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) asking for a new code to be put in place, in order to safeguard hotelkeepers against the distinct risks they face.