Earlier this year Senator Kevin de Leon introduced SB 432 to the California legislature. This seemingly innocuous piece of workplace safety legislation would require hotels to use fitted sheets instead of flat sheets, and provide their workers with long handled mops and brooms to clean bathrooms. It’s considered a workplace safety issue because its implementation would prevent workers from bending and stooping as much, and in theory decrease injuries.
And although the lodging industry opposes it because of the added expense, I’m wondering if this is the harbinger of things come. Specifically, if sheets can fall under the umbrella of OSHA, then why not bed height? Continue reading