Employers, if you are not listening to your concerned employees, OSHA may be dropping in on you next! An employer’s best defense to OSHA is to ensure they provide a healthy and safe environment for its employees and guests. Proper safety equipment and procedures along with corresponding training and documentation is a must. WCVB 5 Boston shares a recent story in which OSHA dropped in on Boston Wyndham hotel.
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill Hotel fined $12,000
OSHA is investigating a Boston hotel after staff claims they were forced to regularly deal with bodily fluids and medical waste without proper equipment or training.
The federal agency that polices worker safety has cited a Boston hotel for failing to protect workers when they handle bodily fluids.
Workers have told 5 Investigates that they frequently encounter because the hotel is home to many patients from Massachusetts General Hospital next door.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill Hotel for not providing equipment that would protect staff from bodily fluids found on linens, towels and other locations as well as protect them from needles.
The hotel housekeeping staff, which wants to unionize, has said that they were forced to clean up bodily fluids that were more like hospital waste than that of a typical hotel, saying the hotel’s proximity to Mass General led the hotel to take in guests with more medical needs than usual.
The gloves provided to staff also didn’t protect adequately against the harsh cleaning chemicals used, OSHA found.
OSHA also cited the hotel for not training employees on how to properly use protective gear while cleaning bodily fluids and needles.
OSHA fined the hotel $12,000 and gave it until January to address the problems. The Wyndham Hotel Group did not immediately reply to a request from 5 Investigates for comment.