The California State Senate recently passed SB 432 which will require hotels to provide housekeepers with long-handled mops in order to prevent workers from having to bend down to clean floors. It will also require hotels to provide fitted sheet to eliminate the need to lift mattresses while making beds. I wonder how they’ll tuck in the top sheet and blanket, maybe they're relying on more people to be like George Costanza and ask for a "no tuck".
I’m going to forgo sharing my feeling about the lawmakers of great state of California focusing on these matters rather than say, oh I don’t know... passing a budget (it’s JUNE!). Instead I’ll just be glad that we sell the “long-handled tools such as mops” the bill requires. Speaking of which, the best mop for hotel guest rooms and bathrooms has to be our Contour Microfiber Mop Tool along with our 10” Microfiber Mops. The Contour Tool will be great for California housekeepers because it will allow them to thoroughly clean bathroom floors, around and up the sides of toilets and it will even follow the contours inside a bathtub. It’s a really unique cleaning tool with a flexible base.
Another great choice for SB 432 Compliance is our bathroom mop, okay… it’s our Wall Wash Mop Tool, but it’s a great size for bathrooms too! You don’t want too big of a mop when cleaning restrooms because you need something small enough to maneuver around sinks and toilets.
Forget politicians micromanaging, executive housekeepers should already be supplying these to their workers if only because they’ll clean more thoroughly and more quickly.
Here’s a copy of SB 432:
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Section 6714 is added to the Labor Code, to read: 6714. (a) The standards board shall, no later than September 1, 2012, adopt an occupational safety and health standard for lodging establishment housekeeping. The standard shall apply to all hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments in California. The standard shall require all of the following: (1) The use of a fitted sheet, instead of a flat sheet, as the bottom sheet on all beds within the lodging establishment. For the purpose of this section, a "fitted sheet" means a bed sheet containing elastic or similar material sewn into each of the four corners that allows the sheet to stay in place over the mattress. (2) The use of long-handled tools such as mops or similar devices in order to eliminate the practice by housekeepers of working in a stooped, kneeling, or squatting position in order to clean bathroom floors, walls, tubs, toilets, and other bathroom surfaces. (b) The standard established pursuant to this section is not subject to a permanent variance pursuant to Section 143. SEC. 2. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.