As early as April 2018, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Board may pass a new Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program requirement for hotels and motels that requires all hospitality companies to have a separate prevention plan for their housekeeping staff and management. The new regulation will require companies to identify hazards and injuries for housekeeping staff, evaluate their worksite, and provide training for both staff and management.
Once the new legislation is passed, companies will only have three months to implement changes to their practice in order to be in compliance. Given the short timeline, it is critical management of these companies begin planning now for the new regulation. To assist in the creation of an action plan to comply with the new standard, Briotix has created a free, comprehensive checklist which takes company management through each piece required by the standard.
Once an action plan is created, the first step in preparing for the new requirement is to have a worksite evaluation conducted to identify hazards specifically for housekeeping staff. The professional Ergonomists at Briotix have put together a comprehensive evaluation tool that will not only identify these hazards but also ensure that companies are in compliance with the new standard.
What does a Briotix Musculoskeletal worksite evaluation entail?
- Systematic and Comprehensive Review of Current Practices
All Musculoskeletal Risk Reduction Assessments begin with detailed observation and data collection of a company’s current policies and practices. In order to comply with the new California requirements, this review will focus on the practices of both housekeeping staff members and management. Our team will spend significant time in your work facility using a customized observation tool that includes all aspects of the new standard. This way we can guarantee companies that use our findings to guide their practices will be in compliance.
- Data-Driven Evaluation of Risks and Priorities
Once the observation and data collection is complete, we will review our findings to identify the risks and hazards with your current practices. From there, we will then prioritize these risks, based on the California standard, to create a detailed action plan to comply.
- Recommendation of Solutions to Implement
The final step in our musculoskeletal evaluation process is to provide solutions for the risks we’ve identified and then help implement those solutions. Our professional Ergonomists will identify solutions in one of three areas: training, equipment, or management control. Below is an example of solutions that may be provided if a hazard was identified with laundry carts:
- Training – Employees should receive education on the proper way to turn the cart to minimize the strain on their lower backs.
- Equipment – All laundry cart castors need maintenance to ensure they are properly lubricated for easy pushing.
- Management Control – A new management guideline should be created that requires housekeeping staff members to restock their carts at lunch time instead of filling up for the whole day in the morning.
Contact us to learn more about your comprehensive evaluation
It’s important for California companies to begin preparing for this new OSHS standard now in order to meet the compliance deadline of summer 2018. Briotix has the expertise and experience to help any hospitality company evaluate their current practices to create and implement an achievable action plan.
To learn more about our comprehensive musculoskeletal worksite evaluation tool, contact us today. Give us a call at 844-274-6849 ext.112 or complete the online form and one of our knowledgeable staff members will contact you to answer your questions.