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Hyatt housekeepers facing ergonomic risks

May 9, 2012

CHICAGO — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says housekeepers employed by Hyatt Hotels Corporation may face ergonomic strain, according to the Chicago Tribune.

OSHA findings stated that the hotel chain did not rise to the level of meriting a general duty clause citation, which has been used to flag hazards that could result in serious injury or death and did not indicate whether the chain had violated OSHA standards, the article stated.

According to the article, on-site inspections "did identify the presence of ergonomic risk factors associated with the housekeeping tasks."

In several hotels throughout Illinois and Texas, the agency found risk factors involved in housekeeping work such as repeated heavy lifting and carrying, bending, twisting and forceful gripping, the article noted.

"The health and well-being of our association remain one of our top priorities and, as we always have, we will continue to work with our associates to ensure that we provide a safe, healthy workplace," Hyatt said in a statement.

OSHA has suggested a number of strategies aimed at reducing the level of potential stressors, including providing workers with long-handled mops, lighter-weight vacuums with a better hand-grip design and knee pads that can be used to perform jobs that require kneeling, the article added.

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