Hotel-Motel Industry Safety & Health - Custodial, Housekeeping and Janitorial Cleaning


Photo courtesy of L&I. Daily use of bleach or other corrosive chemicals can harm workers. Employer need to provide (at no cost) personal protective equipment to protect workers from serious injuries or even death

Daily use of bleach or other corrosive chemicals can harm workers. Employer need to provide (at no cost) personal protective equipment to protect workers from serious injuries or even death.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Custodians, housekeepers, and janitors who work in the hotel-motel industries can have exposure to hazards such as the following:

  • Awkward postures and lifting.
  • Chemicals.
  • Slips and trips.
  • Sprains and strains.

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  • Bloodborne pathogens.
  • Electric shock (damages cords, missing outlet plates and exposed wires).
  • Falls (same level).
  • Loud noises (equipment).
  • Moving and rotating mechanical parts.
  • Sharp objects.
  • Bites (pests, animals).
  • Violence in the workplace (robberies, sexual assaults).

Information provided in this industry page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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