Hospitality Industry Safety


The hospitality industry safety guidelines protect employees who work in hotels, motels, and other public accommodation establishments and who perform hospitality services by providing lodging (or lodging and meals) to the general public.

Employers in the hospitality industry own or operate a wide variety of commercial establishments, including:

  • Bed and breakfast inns
  • Cabins and cottages  
  • Casino hotels
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Inns furnishing food and lodging
  • Motels
  • Recreational hotels
  • Resort hotels
  • Seasonal hotels
  • Ski lodges and resorts

Risks to worker safety and health may result from a variety of factors, which include the following:

  • Lack of employer safety precautions that put workers at risk of overexertion injuries (sprains and strains) and at risk of slips, trips, and falls.
  • Fire hazards that are present because the employer has not implemented proper safety protocols to minimize the risk of fire.
  • Improper or unsafe use of hazardous cleaning chemicals by housekeeping staff.
  • Inadequate safety measures that subject workers to potential violence from guests or others.

Hospitality industry employers are generally required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to follow OSHA General Industry standards. Following these standards can contribute to hospitality worker safety.

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