There have been a significant number of cases reported in the press recently in relation to hotels that are being prosecuted for health and safety breaches. The increased visibility of such cases highlights a need for stronger emphasis on compliance within the industry.

The reality of health and safety risks faced by the hotel industry was highlighted last month when the Telegraph reported on a fire at one of the most iconic hotels in Grosvenor Square. The fire started at the hotel, which houses a celebrity chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant, during an awards ceremony and all guests had to be evacuated. In that case, procedures were followed and there were no injuries.

A recent article published by Squire Patton Boggs aims to increase awareness of health and safety issues amongst hoteliers by:

  • examining key health and safety obligations in relations to hotels;
  • considering the legal, reputational and financial impact of failures to comply with health and safety duties; and
  • providing some practical examples of how to ensure compliance with legal obligations.

To read the full article, please click here.