Muscle strains, sprains, and tears are among the most common injuries for hotel/motel housekeepers on the job. These musculoskeletal injuries may result in temporary or permanent disability.

To help prevent these injuries, Cal/OSHA established the Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention regulation in 2018. The regulation includes having a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP). The MIPP can be part of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) or a stand-alone program.

What your employees need to know about the regulation

You are required to include your employees and their union rep in the development of the MIPP. The law also requires an annual worksite evaluation. Employees and union reps must be involved as well.

When an injury occurs, an investigation must follow. Input is required from the injured worker, the injured worker’s immediate supervisor, and the union. Ask the injured worker to tell you what happened and if any workplace controls or tools could have helped prevent the injury.