CLIA Protects Hotel Owners With Cal/OSHA Sacramento - October 23, 2012 Published on 11/2/12
CLIA spoke to protect the interests of hotel owners at the Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on Housekeepers in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry held in Oakland. The hearing conducted by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health was intended to gather information from all interested parties as the first step in determining if there is a need for an industry regulation, prior to considering the necessity for rule making.
The hearing focused on Petition 526 which is proposing to mandate the use of fitted sheets, long handled tools and other operational requirements in hotels. As part of an industry coalition, CLIA was vocal on the importance that hotel owners and operators place on safety for workers and guests.
John Manderfeld of Marin Management Inc. and past President of CLIA spoke eloquently on the ineffectiveness of Petition 526, which would not improve worker safety and would make the job of the housekeepers even harder. Manderfeld cited real life examples of the difficulty housekeepers had experienced in using fitted sheets and their preference for flat sheets.
Other issues raised were the lack of scientific research proving the safety benefits of fitted sheets and the need to mandate a minute industry specific operational practice.
Future hearings on this topic will be announced and CLIA will continue to advocate for a reasonable approach to the worker safety issues presented in Petition 526. For more information or to express your views on the subject, please call us at 916.925.2915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquartered in Sacramento, CLIA is a member lodging and hospitality industry association, providing legislative, educational, marketing, and profit-oriented programs for independent lodging owners and operators.