Unlike other high-risk industries with specific health and safety regulations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration classifies the hotel or hospitality industry under its set of General Industry guidelines. This means that though hotels do not have to follow industry-specific worker safety standards, they still must take action to prevent worker injury or illness while on the job.
What are the most common safety violations within the hospitality industry?
OSHA violations hotels commonly face include inadequate OSHA recordkeeping and failing to provide proper personal protective equipment for their staff. If a hotel is issued extensive citations and fines as a result of an OSHA investigation, this could be detrimental to future business growth as potential guests may see these violations as a loss in industry respectability.
"OSHA found 14 other-than-serious and 12 serious safety violations."
According to an OSHA press release, OSHA found 14 other-than-serious and 12 serious safety violations during an inspection at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., resulting in over $76,000 in fines. The popular hotel failed to report an employee's hospitalization during the required 24 hour period and did not properly maintain its OSHA 300 log. Relating to employee health, certain workers were not provided adequate PPE while using harsh chemical substances and cleaned with compressed air exceeding 30 pounds per inch. The hotel also exposed its employees to electrical and fall hazards.
"Each of these hazards leaves employees at the hotel exposed to unnecessary safety and health risks," Nadira Janack, director of OSHA's Baltimore Washington Area Office, explained. "Employers have a legal responsibility to protect workers on the job. Anything less is unacceptable."
How can hotels improve safety?
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