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Risks in Hotel Housekeeping Jobs
I read somewhere that housekeepers twist and turn their bodies in just about 3,000 different positions each day while cleaning rooms. There are risks in cleaning whether at home or work, but in the workplace as Managers we need to ensure our staff is trained properly and actually follow what is taught. I have ran across many housekeepers and I'm sure you have too that will tell you "I have my own way" and they will tell you it's better, or faster, or easier with the same results. Well they may save a little time, but it may not be safe, watch your staff closely to ensure they are following safety rules or you'll be flooded with clinic visits, large medical bills for the hotel, out of work employees, or a possible lawsuit. I found this article below on hotelhousekeep.com and it offers some insight on risks our housekeepers face'
Be Safe - Clean Safe!
Michael Chandler aka The Housekeeping Director
Risks in Hotel Housekeeping Jobs
March 27, 2013
Hotel housekeeping is all about welcoming the guests and making them feel like home. When guests arrive at the hotel, everything is pristine and sparkling clean. This means the housekeepers of the hotel did their job with maximum responsibility and attention to smallest details.
In order to set a room for an incoming guest, it takes twice the time needed to clean a room for a guest who is staying over. This happens due to the fact that there’s a long checklist of things that need to be inspected – the right TV guide, completely wrinkle-free bed sheets and crystal clean windows.
Housekeeping jobs are among the most dangerous in hotels. If not done properly, the demanding physical tasks can lead to back pain, knee pain and even arm pains. The cleaning staff pulls, pushes, bends and stands for hours on a daily basis.
These issues can be avoided by properly designed tasks at a properly designed workplace and adequate tools that prevent the staff from doing unnecessary movements of the shoulders, neck and hands. Anyway, the way a person performs a task depends solely on that person.
Housekeepers in hotels must be trained when hired, especially those who didn’t have similar jobs before. It’s recommended that housekeepers stay informed about injuries at their workplace, such as the risks of damaging their skeleton and muscles.
Proper lifting habits must be shaped by adequate training. Training has the role to empower workers with ways of lifting, bending etc than generally reduce the energy usually spent in this kind of activities. More difficult tasks must be performed in the early hours of the work shift, not at the end of it, when staff is almost exhausted. When people feel fatigue, they can make mistakes much easier and therefore, hurt themselves.
Lifting positions are highly important so they are a vital part of proper training because wrong lifting habits may lead to severe injuries of the back. Rest periods and healthy food shouldn’t be neglected – the body needs to regain its strength passively after periods of hard working. Theoretical and practical training are equally important because the rules for activities within the hotel can be applied in daily life practices.
It’s been said that guests don’t usually give tip to housekeeping employees. Sometimes, people forget to put cash in envelopes so maids can’t take it, because they normally don’t pick loose money from rooms. Hotel housekeepers can’t take money that isn’t meant for them. This is the reason why guests should leave a note beside the money or put them in labeled envelopes. There is no such thing as the right amount for tip; it’s up to local policies, the level of development of the country you stay in and up to your own generosity. Even so, it’s recommended to leave one or two dollars each day – multiplied with the number of rooms each housekeeper takes care of daily, that can be the amount for a nice brunch.
Discovered on www.hotelhousekeep.com