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Occupational Safety and Health of Laundry Employees in Hotel Industry

International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Systems

Volume 8 Issue 1

Published: 2015
Author(s) Name: Ankush Ambardar | Author(s) Affiliation: Asst. Prof, Dept of Tourism & Hotel Mgt, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
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Abstract

Employee safety and health is considered to be one of the major important human resource functions for any hotel organization. The current paper focuses on the application of occupational safety and health of laundry employees looking at the nature of the tasks performed in day to day operations. OSH is one of the significant factors responsible for employees inspiration and moreover retention in a hotel organization. Health, safety and performance of the employees are dependent on understanding and application of ergonomic practices followed during laundry operations. The paper explores laundry employee protection against various critical factors such as injuries, accidents, work postures, chemical exposure, heat, fire, noise, etc. A questionnaire was used to perpetuate perception of laundry employees in regard to protection from factors concerning safety and health issues from hotels of India. The results reveal that some of the OSH practices are been followed in hotels, while some were missing from hotels such as training, periodical audit and protection against chemical hazards. The present study suggests need for adopting OSH practices and enforcing periodical check for the same in every hotel besides of its categorization.

Keywords: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Performance, Chemical Exposure, Laundry, Chain Hotels

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