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Document ID (ISN)108807
CIS number 08-1350
ISBN(s) 978-92-9191-163-9
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Elsler D.
Title Protecting workers in hotels, restaurants and catering
Bibliographic information European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran Vía 33, 48009 Bilbao, Spain, 2008. 163p. Illus. 71 ref. Price: EUR 20.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
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Abstract The growing hotel, restaurant and catering sector (HORECA) employs more than 7.8 million, mostly young and low-skilled, people in the European Union. Typically, employees work long, irregular hours doing physically demanding work. The risks to workers' safety and health are many and varied, resulting from prolonged standing, carrying and lifting, exposure to high noise levels and working in too hot or cold environments. Workers also suffer cuts and burns, trips, slips and falls, and come into contact with dangerous substances. The work can be monotonous, stressful and draining. Nevertheless, employers and employees can work together to improve workplace safety and health. This prevention report on the HORECA sector highlights key risk prevention measures.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; occupational diseases; European Union; risk factors; hazard evaluation; hotel industry; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) lighting; safety and health training; case study; report; statistical trends; noise; sickness absenteeism; slippery floors; physical workload; skin diseases; cooking; musculoskeletal diseases; kitchen equipment; ergonomics; stress factors; falls on the level; safe working methods; role of government; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; drug dependence
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceEuropean Union
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Hotels and restaurants
Risk evaluation
Alcohol and drug abuse