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Injury prevention for hotel workers: New NIOSH tip sheet


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Washington — Hotel workers can avoid on-the-job injury and illness by keeping their feet on the floor, ensuring fresh air is circulating and not mixing cleaning products.

These suggestions – and more – are part of the latest tip sheet published by NIOSH as part of its “Safety and Health at Work” series. 

NIOSH encourages hotel workers to adopt safer, healthier habits on the job because, the agency notes, “your health is priceless.”

Employees in the hotel industry who clean rooms should ask colleagues for assistance when pushing or pulling heavy carts through narrow spaces, such as when entering or leaving elevators.

Other tips:

  • Don’t stand on one side of a bed to remove sheets. Make a full turn around the bed instead.
  • Move small furniture that gets in your way.
  • Bend your knees when lifting and unloading items.
  • Follow instructions on all cleaning products and don’t mix them together, which can create toxic fumes or corrosive/explosive materials.

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