RELEASE: Fiscally Responsible Solution to Reduce Workplace Hazards for Hotel Housekeepers

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fiscally Responsible Solution to Reduce Workplace Hazards for Hotel Housekeepers
 

(Sacramento, CA) – A negotiation has been facilitated by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that will help the hotels find a fiscally responsible solution to protecting their workers. The Senator is pleased to announce he is brokering a deal with the Administration that seeks an administrative resolution to reduce workplace hazards for hotel housekeepers. The Administration has committed to developing measures to address the ergonomic hazards in hotel housekeepers’ bed-making and cleaning activities.

“This is an issue very close to my heart,” said Senator De León. “Housekeepers have the highest rate of lower back injuries in the hotel industry. A resolution must balance the needs of hotel housekeepers with the hotel industry and I will continue working with Cal/OSHA to ensure a safer workplace.” Senate Bill 432 has been designated a two-year bill while the negotiations are worked out.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hotel workers have markedly higher injury rates than other service industry workers on average: 5 injuries per 100 workers, while the average for all service industries is about 3.4 injuries per 100 workers.

“More than 7,400 housekeepers working in California hotels have filed workers' compensation claims for injuries they say they suffered last year, including 883 who said they hurt their backs, according to the state Industrial Relations Department.” LA Times 8/14/11  

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