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New Safety Regulations for California “Lodging Establishments”

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) recently approved the “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention” standard (the rule) which will require “lodging establishments” to address hazards specific to housekeeping through establishment of a written musculoskeletal injury prevention program (MIPP). The new rule will take effect July 1, 2018.

What Employers are Subject to this New Rule?

The rule only applies to employers that are lodging establishments and that employ housekeeping staff.

As defined under the rule, lodging establishment means an establishment that contains sleeping room accommodations that are rented or otherwise provided to the public, such as hotels, motel, resorts, and bed and breakfast inns.

Housekeeper is defined as an employee who performs housekeeping tasks and may include employees referred to as housekeepers, guest room attendants, room cleaners, maids, and housepersons.

What does the Rule Require?

Pursuant to the rule, lodging establishments must establish and maintain a written MIPP that addresses hazards specific to housekeeping. Employers may comply with this requirement by incorporating the written MIPP into their existing written Injury and Illness Prevent Program (IIPP) or may maintain the MIPP as a separate program.  The written MIPP must be readily accessible during each work shift to employees.

The MIPP must include:

Written Procedures

Lodging establishments must establish written procures that address the following:

  • A system for ensuring appropriate oversight of compliance with the MIPP and for communicating with housekeepers on matters relating to occupational safety and health, including hazards specific to housekeeping.
  • Procedures for identifying and evaluating housekeeping hazards through a worksite evaluation, including:

­     –  Completion of the initial evaluation completed within three months after the effective date;

­                –   Notification to housekeepers of the results of the evaluation in writing;

­                –   Involvement of housekeepers and their union representatives;

­                –   A process for reviewing and updating the worksite evaluation.

  • Procedures for investigating musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers, including what housekeeping tasks were being performed and whether any identified control measures under the MIPP were available and in use.
  • Methods or procedures for correcting, in a timely manner, hazards identified in the worksite evaluation or investigation into musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers.
  • Procedures for reviewing and updating the MIPP at least annually.

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