AH&LA Releases Manual On Handling H1N1 Flu Risks In Hotels
The “H1N1 Influenza Management in Hotels” manual is divided into 10 areas: a basic introduction to H1N1 flu and its treatment, the need for a hotel response plan and its basic components, employee safety, what to do if a guest is ill, guest room decontamination, food services, guest and employee communications, severe pandemic flu planning, and a comprehensive list of Internet H1N1 flu resources. Sample letters informing guests about H1N1 outbreaks, press releases, employee communication about H1N1 risks, and reporting possible illness are included. There is also a list of common hotel areas that should receive frequent decontamination, as well as a question-and-answer guide on H1N1 flu for employees.
The guide complements the work by public health authorities to inform Americans about H1N1 flu and what can be done by people to minimize the risks to themselves and others from this illness. The basic recommendations to stay home from work if ill, frequent and thorough hand washing, cough etiquette, and area cleanliness are emphasized throughout the guide.
“Being informed and knowledgeable about today’s flu is one of the best vaccines hoteliers can use to protect their guests and staff,” said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney. “This guide will help our industry develop plans to handle staff absenteeism, sick guests, room sanitation, and a number of other important areas they might encounter every day throughout this pandemic. Leadership in a crisis depends on information, and this guide will help fill in the blanks about what to do.”
AH&LA’s resources on this year’s flu situation also includes a Webinar on H1N1 flu and industry practices. The September 29 Webinar will provide the latest H1N1 news to hoteliers, as well as answer many of the questions emerging from this public health situation.
The “H1N1 Influenza Management in Hotels” manual can be downloaded as an Adobe PDF document from .
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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests" stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.