Hospitality looks at occupational health

The HAN AGM takes place in the afternoon of Saturday 30 May and will focus on HAN’s plans forward for 2015/2017. It will be preceded by a workshop on Occupational Safety and Health. 


The health and safety of people working in the hospitality industry is of equal importance as the health and safety of tourists. Therefore, to promote the occupational health and safety of employees in the hospitality trade, the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) will host a workshop on Occupational Safety and Health just before its Annual General Meeting.
Gitta Paetzold, CEO of HAN said in a statement announcing the upcoming AGM, “the beauty of the Namibian landscape is one of the country’s major economic assets. The hospitality sector is seen as the door through which international visitors enter Namibian hospitality, culture and traditions. As such, hospitality is an important promoter of potential travel and investment interest.”
Explaining the need for a re-assessment of Occupational Safety and Health, she said “the Hospitality Association of Namibia, in partnership with the Namibia Employers Federation and the GIZ, (German Agency for International Co-operation) will be hosting an inter-active workshop on Occupational Safety & Health for HAN members and the tourism industry on Saturday, 30 May 2015 in Windhoek.
In 2014, HAN, through the NEF, commissioned a survey to assess the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the hospitality sector, after which an OSH policy was developed for the industry. The workshop aims to foster better understanding of occupational health & safety and more buy-in from employers. “HAN trusts that this will lead to even better working environments, happier and healthier staff who ultimately will render service excellence with a smile.”
“The Integrated Blueprint Policy for the Hospitality Sector launched last year administers to all the sector’s health and safety needs at the workplace. It is integrated because it is one document that outlines commitment and action on occupational safety and health and the prevention and management of HIV and other infectious and chronic disease impacting the hospitality industry.”
The half-day OSH workshop will focus on cost versus benefit, statistics, legal requirements, compliance and implementing partners. The Workplace Health Intervention Cost Benefit Projection Tool, developed by the GIZ, will be introduced and demonstrated. This tool provides employers with a web-based platform to assess the costs of absenteeism, work accidents and injuries.