E-fact 22 - Safety and health risks in HORECA

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This E-Fact offers an overview of the safety and health risks in the growing hotel, restaurant and catering sector (HORECA). Risk factors include the tough physical workload, hazardous substances, noise, and air temperature and quality. Young workers are most affected by injuries, while older workers suffer the highest number of fatalities. Common injuries include slips, trips and falls, injuries resulting from carrying or handling loads, cuts and burns. A couple of case studies illustrate the kind of accidents that can occur. Improving working conditions, especially in the sector’s huge number of small businesses, remains a big challenge.

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