Hospitality Focus on Safety: Musculoskeletal Disorders

 

Definition:

Musculoskeletal disorders refer to injuries of the muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues in the back, neck, shoulders, wrists and knees.  Housekeepers report much higher MSDs than the average employee, due to the type of work they perform, the repetition and duration of the type of work performed, and the time limits placed on them to perform the jobs they are assigned.  Any employee who is tasked with lifting, stocking shelves or cleaning should adhere to the following safety guidelines in order to prevent MSDs from occurring.

Prevention:

Working Pace

Stocking Shelves

Stocking and Pushing Carts:

 

Making a Bed

High Dusting and High Cleaning

Washing Floors

 

If, at any time, an employee feels as if he/she may have had a work-related injury, he/she must report it to a member of management before clocking out that day, regardless of whether he/she wishes to seek immediate medical attention.  A workers compensation File Only or Full Claim should be reported every time a possible injury has been reported.

 

This blog is part of a series of Safety Reviews available to all Coba CMMS © customers.

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June McCreight

June McCreight began her career in the hospitality industry as a housekeeper in 1996. In the years since, she has risen through the ranks, learning maintenance, front office, sales and revenue management, property management and district management, bench management and opening team management. She has trained hundreds of hoteliers and won many awards for her management successes. In 2011, June wrote and published, The Strangers in My Beds, a fictional novel based strictly on the strange events of her career in hotels. In 2014, June partnered with her father, a very accomplished software architect, and opened the business, Coba Enterprise Management, LLC with a very unique and specialized CMMS (Computer Maintenance Management System) software for hotels.

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