Friday, August 10, 2012

European Agency Puts Spotlight on Hotel & Restaurant Worker Safety

The hotel, restaurant and catering sector creates many job around the world. In Europe, this sector employs more than 7.8 million people, and features a wide range of tasks and on-the-job risks. To help employers and employees recognize and address these risks, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has released “Protecting Workers in Hotels, Restaurants and Catering.” The report presents statistics on occupational accidents and diseases; examines policy initiatives to reduce safety risks.

“In terms of occupational accidents, slips, trips and falls, as well as cuts and burns represent the largest share,” the agency explains. “In the field of occupational diseases, musculoskeletal diseases and skin diseases predominate.” The report also describes 18 practical actions at workplace level, as well as several case studies to show the range of different risks encountered in the sector. Find the report here.