Hazard spotting becomes habit forming!

A recent hotel stay for one of our consultants!

What are the potential health and safety hazards which come to mind? Which controls could be in place to negate the hazard? Has your hotel business got the correct documentation in place regarding windows?

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HSQC have over 40 years of experience as a leading international safety and quality management consultancy. Our team provide technical advice and laboratory and scientific support to businesses in the hospitality, food, leisure, tourism, and catering industries.


  • Possible hazards include:
  • Staff and customers falling out of the window
  • Fall from height
  • Contractor safety
  • Lack of training or risk assessment
  • Controls include:
  • Fitting adequate window restrictors
  • Staff and management checks on a regular basis to ensure restrictors are in place, in good repair and working correctly

The UK Health & Safety Executive says:
“Windows that are large enough to allow people to fall out should be restrained sufficiently to prevent such falls. The opening should be restricted to 100mm or less. Window restrictors should only be able to be disengaged using a special tool or key.”

Did you spot them all?