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Free housekeeper safety clinics offered

February 16, 2010
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SYRACUSE, NY — The Upstate Medical University Occupational Health Clinic Center will host two free clinics in February and March for hotel housekeepers focusing on job safety issues, according to The Post-Standard.
According to the story, the clinics — offered in English and Spanish — will be held on February 18 and March 8 and will feature information about the physical impacts of housekeeping work, housekeeper rights to a safe workplace and how to get help for work-related symptoms.

Medical Director Dr. Michael Lax said: "The public might be tempted to compare home housekeeping chores with the work of these housekeepers, but such a comparison would be misleading. These workers are cleaning an average 16 rooms per day, using harsh chemical cleaners that can trigger respiratory irritation, and doing a considerable amount of lifting and lugging. Most suffer chronic pain on the job."

The February 18 session will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church while the March 8 session will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Spa at 500, both in Syracuse, New York, the story added.

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