From Practice to Policy:

CA’s New Standard for Reducing MSDs Among Hotel Room Cleaners

COEH Northern California - UC Berkeley

March 20, 2019Presented By: Carisa Harris, PhD, PT, CPE

Hotel room cleaners comprise of only 23.5% of the employees in their industry, yet have the greatest risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) based on psychosocial and physical risk factors. The overall injury rate for this segment of workers is 1.5 times greater than that of all hotel workers studied. During this webinar, learners will explore the research behind the first ergonomic standard specific to hotel room cleaners, the Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Standard (Title 8 Section 3345), which was enacted by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board on July 1, 2018.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the physical and psychosocial exposures commonly experienced among hotel room cleaners

  • Review how various research studies supported our understanding of the high exposures and prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and injury among hotel room cleaners

  • Discuss how different stakeholders such as workers, unions, worker advocacy groups and academia collaborated
    to facilitate safer workplace policies

  • Recognize the components of the Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Standard (Title 8 Section 3345) and how we will assess its impact in the future



Carisa Harris, PhD, PT, CPE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also the Director of the UCSF/UCB Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program and the Deputy Director of the Northern California Center of Occupational & Environmental Health. Dr. Harris and her team performs research in a variety of areas focused on understanding and preventing work related injuries and improving human performance, productivity and health.