NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Do you believe most underrecording of injuries is unintentional or deliberate?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

NORA outlines risks among hotel housekeeping staff

July 13, 2011

Tags
  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Washington – NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda recently issued a fact sheet (.pdf file) on safety and health concerns among hotel cleaners.

According to NORA, hotel cleaners represent approximately 400,000 of the 1.8 million workers in the traveler/accommodations industry. They dust, vacuum, change linens, clean bathrooms and empty trash, and may be exposed to ergonomics hazards; mold; infectious agents; occupational stress; respiratory hazards; and slips, trips and falls.

Safety recommendations include:

  • Evaluate the quality and ensure the maintenance of cleaning equipment
  • Encourage use of ergonomic carts and vacuum cleaners
  • Research guest practices that would improve work environment

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.