You care about all of your staff members' health and safety, but there are some team members who find themselves at more risk based upon the type of work they do. Housekeepers in your hotel are regularly exposed to abrasive chemicals, biological materials, and hard physical labor, so it is important that you take special precautions to ensure their health and wellness.
Upgrade Your Cleaning Chemicals
We all know how abrasive cleaning chemicals can be, but for your housekeepers who are cleaning room after room in your hotel each day the extended exposure to toxic chemicals can be dangerous. Switching your cleaning solutions out for safer, and in some cases, organic substitutes will make your workplace healthier and safer for your housekeepers and will have a positive impact on the environment. This investment in your staff will also turn out to be very popular with many of your environmentally conscious guests.
Provide Proper Protection
In addition to using less abrasive chemicals providing sturdy gloves and face masks will limit the amount of chemicals, dust and debris, and biological contaminants that your housekeepers come into contact with. Protecting your staff from exposure to chemicals and germs of all kinds will help to maintain their health, and the health of the rest of your workforce.
Focus On Physical Wellness
Cleaning hotel rooms day in and day out is a physically demanding job and can wreak havoc on the bodies of your housekeeping staff, young and old alike. Be sure to provide plenty of information to the housekeepers on your team about the risks of physical injury when doings specific activities like picking up heavy objects or bending and twisting to clean the floors and showers. You may go as far as providing shoes that are suitable to wear while working on ones feet all day, or providing a list of stretches that will help keep their bodies limber.
Promote Open Communication With Managers
According to research completed at UCLA many on-the-job injuries incurred by housekeeping staff go unreported for a number of different reasons. Some staff members felt like reporting their injuries was too complicated, or that their injury wasn’t serious enough to justify telling a manager. Keeping an open and consistent dialogue with housekeeping staff is a great way to keep on top of issues that may be causing injury or frustration within your team.
Your housekeeping staff are an important part of your hotel family. They are responsible for providing the clean and comfortable environment where your guests spend most of their time. So it’s very important to make sure that your hotel is a safe place to work for all of your staff members, but particularly those who have very physical jobs like housekeepers and janitors.
Using less abrasive chemicals, providing plenty of safety equipment, encouraging stretching, and creating an open and communicative environment are some of the many ways that you can protect your staff. For more information about how you can better protect your hardworking hotel staff, contact us today. We'd love to help build the best housekeeping team for your hotel.