BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association in partnership with WorkSafe BC, provides access to learning tools to ensure the health, safety and security of members, their staff and guests.
In a recent survey BCLCA members identified the following work related injuries as most likely to or commonly occurring in their workplace. They appear in order of importance:
1) Repetitive strain or motion injuries (hand, wrist, arm, shoulder or back)
2) Lifting or overexertion
3) Slipping/tripping and fall hazards
4) Cuts or lacerations
So how much does an injury really cost? Here are two calculators one for housekeepers and the other for staff lifting objects, in this case boxes, but it could be laundry, furniture or supplies. The purpose of these calculators is to demonstrate how a small injury to a staff person can have a financial impact on your business.
This section contains information brochures developed for various occupations in the hospitality industry by WorkSafeBC, with general information about tasks that contribute to sprains and strains:
Health & Safety for Hospitality Small Business
This guide is designed for small businesses in the hospitality industry including hotels, motels, restaurants, and other food service establishments. It can be used by owners, employers, managers, supervisors, and workers to help prevent workplace accidents and injuries.
Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease
This book describes common infectious diseases such as (HIV/Aids Hepatitus B/C) and how they are spread, and explains how to protect workers from exposure to infectious diseases.
Basic Health and Safety for Small Business
A series of five videos with basic information for small employers on registering with WorkSafeBC and ensuring that their workplaces and their workers are safe.
Room Attendants Video - Over 50 percent of injuries in the accommodation industry involve room attendants (housekeeping staff). This video series demonstrates safe work procedures and provides instructions to prevent injuries to room attendants. These videos show the correct way to make beds, clean bathrooms, wring cloths, dust high surfaces, empty trash cans, and vacuum.
If you have workplace health and safety questions these can be answered by our dedicated WorkSafeBC representative:
Lorne Scarlett, Industry Specialist
WorkSafeBC - Industry & Labour Services Small Business
(604) 276-5153; (604) 202-2115 Cellular
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