December 6, 2019
Anyone who has ever spent the night in a hotel can relate to how nice it is to walk into a clean, well-appointed space that someone else has prepared for them. Those spaces and cleaned, tidied, and kept up by housekeepers, and it can be backbreaking labor. Hotel housekeeping is a very physical job, which can and does lead to musculoskeletal injuries and a variety of accidents. Imagine changing dozens of beds every day. The physical effort of lifting mattresses, laying sheets and folding corners can lead to a variety of strain injuries. In addition, cleaning bathrooms lends itself to slip and fall injuries. Hotel housekeeping is not an easy job. Fortunately, recent updates have been made to the California Code of Regulations to protect hospitality workers.
The new standards, which have been added to Section 3345, Title 8 of the CA Code of Regulations requires hotels to set up processes meant to identify and evaluate hazards to housekeepers. For example, prolonged exposure to heavy-duty cleaning chemicals can lead to personal injury over time. The standards also include requirements for correcting those hazards, and training for employees on safe practices and reporting injuries.
If you or a loved one works as a hotel housekeeper, it is important for you to understand that your health and well-being is protected under the law. Do not allow yourself to suffer prolonged exposure to dangerous situations, and if you are hurt in the workplace report it right away. The state of California recognizes your contribution to the hospitality industry, and has taken steps to ensure your personal safety. If your state and/or federal rights are being violated, then call us about representation. We have a strong understanding of the updated law and can help you to fight for your rights.
Do not wait for your acute or strain injuries to worsen. Call us today for help and assistance.