If you are a cleaner in the hospitality injury, your main responsibility is customer satisfaction. Cleaning hotel rooms is hard work, and it may cause injuries. As a maid, you can suffer injuries over time or due to sudden trauma.
Repetitive injuries, acute trauma, stress and chemical exposure are all possible on-the-job injuries. Here are some of the most common hazards you face as a hotel cleaner.
1. Musculoskeletal injuries
Some of your main duties as a hospitality cleaner may include:
- Pushing heavy supply carts
- Lifting heavy mattresses
- Pulling linens
- Emptying heavy cans
- Repetitively pushing vacuums in awkward positions
- Reaching to clean hard-to-reach spots
- Carrying wet, heavy towels
- Bending over to pick up items off the floor
All of these activities may cause injuries over time. These job duties may damage your ligaments, muscles, joints, tendons and nerves. Your back, neck and wrists are especially at risk of injuries. You are at risk of developing low back pain, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome from doing work like this. Thankfully, California has new regulations to protect workers like you from repetitive injuries.
2. Slips, trips and falls
Slipping or tripping may occur at almost any time during the course of your job. For example, you may slip while you are inside the bathtub or shower. You may trip on objects in hotel hallways or rooms. Falls such as these may cause fractures, sprains, strains and bruising.
3. Chemical exposure
You must use a variety of cleaning compounds to do your job correctly. Keeping rooms clean may require the use of disinfectants, glass cleaners, detergents and aerosols. If you inhale these chemicals or they come into contact with your skin or eyes, you may develop various injuries or illnesses. For example, you may get a chemical burn or develop a respiratory illness.
Cleaning hotel rooms should not be back-breaking work. Stay aware of these common injuries and make sure you are as safe as possible at your job.