The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has issued a final workplace and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. 

Central to the regulation is the requirement that employers must develop, implement, and maintain a housekeeping musculoskeletal injury prevention program (MIPP). According to Cal/OSHA, this is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers. The Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention rule, which went into effect in 2018, states that California hotel employers must complete an initial worksite evaluation within 3 months after the opening of a new lodging establishment.‚Äč


Business solution provider BLR can establish a comprehensive training program to make sure your organization or facility is compliant with the latest Cal/OSHA requirements and to help you mitigate the risk of costly injuries. 


Crafted by our in-house training team, our course Hotel Housekeeping in California: How to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries teaches California housekeepers who work in hotels and other lodging establishments how to control the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. This session will go over proper use of cleaning tools and equipment, safe housekeeping practices, how to report an injury, and the musculoskeletal injury prevention program, or MIPP.


WORKFLOW & COMPLIANCE TOOLS is a subscription portal that provides users with the comprehensive training and compliance resources. For the hospitality industry, it offers state-specific hotel housekeeping Toolbox TalksMIPP downloadable templates, federal and California-specific regulatory analysis about ergonomics and workplace safety, and up-to-the-minute industry-specific information and best practices. 


With Safety ToolBox Trainer, managers can schedule and manage safety meetings, manage their notes, and streamline their compliance obligations anywhere, anytime, and from any device. With the Safety ToolBox Trainer, you can choose from hundreds of safety meeting titles to train in the office or in the field. 


What training must employers provide?

  • To all housekeepers and supervisors when the MIPP is first established and every year after that;

  • To all new housekeepers and supervisors;

  • To all housekeepers given new job assignments for which training was not previously provided;

  • When new equipment or work practices are introduced; and

  • Whenever the employer learns of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.

What must training include? 

  • The signs, symptoms, and risk factors commonly associated with musculoskeletal injuries;
  • The elements of the employer’s MIPP, and how the written MIPP and all records of the steps to implement it will be made available to housekeepers;
  • The process for reporting safety and health concerns without fear of reprisal;
  • Body mechanics and safe practices;
  • Why and how to report symptoms and injuries to the employer as soon as possible;
  • Practice using the kinds of equipment and tools the housekeeper will be expected to use; and
  • An opportunity for interactive questions and answers with a person knowledgeable about hotel housekeeping equipment and procedures.

Talk to a solutions specialist today to put together your custom hospitality safety compliance program.