California OSHA (Cal-OSHA) has adopted a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The regulation will be effective July 1.
The new requirements apply “lodging establishments,” which are defined as establishments that contain sleeping room accommodations that are rented or otherwise provided to the public, such as hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfast inns.
Each such operation shall be required to establish and maintain a written musculoskeletal injury prevention program (MIPP) that addresses hazards specific to housekeeping. The MIPP may be incorporated into an existing injury and illness prevention program (IIPP) (also required by Cal-OSHA) or maintained as a separate program.
The program must be readily accessible each work shift to employees.
Required elements of the MIPP include:
- Worksite evaluations for identifying and evaluating housekeeping hazards. An initial evaluation must be completed within three months of the effective date of the standard. It must be reviewed and updated at least annually. It must include an effective means of involving housekeepers and their union representative in designing and conducting the worksite evaluation.
- Specific risks identified. The worksite evaluation must identify and address potential risks to housekeepers, including (1) slips, trips and falls; (2) prolonged or awkward static postures; (3) extreme reaches and repetitive reaches above shoulder height; (4) lifting or forceful whole body or hand exertions; (5) torso bending, twisting, kneeling and squatting; (6) pushing and pulling; (7) falling and striking objects; (8) pressure points where a part of the body presses against an object or surface; (9) excessive work-rate; and (10) inadequate recovery time between housekeeping tasks.
- Injury investigations. Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers including whether required tools or control measures were being used appropriately.
- Corrective measures. Methods for correcting hazards identified in the worksite evaluation or injury investigation must be documented.
- Training. Employee safety training is required when the MIPP becomes effective, to new hires, to all housekeepers given new job assignments, when new equipment or practices are introduced, and at least annually thereafter.
- Record-keeping. A variety of records, including records of evaluations and training, must be maintained.
If you are covered by this new regulation and need assistance in developing your program, please call Sotera Consulting, LLC at (612)597-6463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org