Being safe at your Hotel is important. It is a responsibility shared by everybody, but especially Hotel Workers, Hotel Supervisors and Hotel Managers (carry on reading or watch the post).

For Hoteliers, one of the important principles of Hotel health and safety management is carrying out a risk assessment which identifies all the hazards and potential for harm whilst working in the Hotel.

Hoteliers should provide information and training on any risks at work and on safe working practices in any Hotel they own. Employees must comply with safety requirements at work and take all reasonable precautions to keep themselves and everybody else safe in their Hotel.

Hotel employers should be aware of and manage risks relating to cleaning chemicals and other hazards. Full risk assessments must be completed to identify these risks and measures taken to reduce any risk as far as possible. Where a significant risk is identified, elimination, substitution, personal protective equipment and general control measures should be considered.

Manual handlingis a common cause of injury in a Hotel. It can include lifting, pushing, pulling, lowering and carrying. Hoteliers should assess and manage all areas of risk relating to the moving and handling of loads. Any risk assessment for manual handling should include reducing the loads moved, improving the basic equipment used for moving, the places where objects are safely moved and the general physique of the individual we expect to move things.

Hoteliers should perform a risk assessment of a person’s work when they inform them that they are pregnant. Hoteliers should reduce heavy physical activities and lifting for pregnant workers where and if possible, particularly in late pregnancy. Hoteliers should reduce long working hours for pregnant workers, particularly in late pregnancy, certainly limiting them to 40 per week.

I have read from a reliable scientific source (my National Health Service) that during pregnancy there is insufficient evidence of a risk to pregnant workers to make shift work restrictions, including rotating shifts or night and evening work. You decide whether you agree with this or not.

If you use a computer and monitor regularly, your workstation should be assessed; in most Hotels you would carry out this assessment yourself using your Hotel policy for guidance.

As you turn on your computer, stop and think: Check your posture. Sit back in your chair. Raise your seat to allow you to keep your forearms horizontal and your shoulders relaxed. Your wrists should be straight when your hands are on the keyboard?

Remove obstacles under your desk, to avoid awkward postures. Ensure the viewing distance is comfortable and that there are no problems with glare or reflections.

Hotel Employers should provide their staff with information and training about these and any other risks within their Hotels and how to manage them.

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