How to Prevent Allergies in Your Hotel
Everyday more and more guests suffer from several allergies, like breathing and food allergies.
An allergic reaction can be triggered by multitude of products and substances and the possibilities that this occurs can be completely reduced if there are procedures for managing allergens.
When analyzing allergies in the context of hygiene of the room, we must address the following aspects:
- Respiratory allergies triggered by contact with animals or their hair.
- Food allergies associated with the contents of the minibar or with the room service menus *.
- Allergies to dust mites.
- Allergies to mold.
- Allergies to toiletries.
- Other possible allergens.
* This aspect is not specifically related to the hygiene of the room, although, if the clients have FoodCheck, this will be part of the protocols of food allergy.
TO ASSURE AN ENVIRONMENT FREE OF ALLERGIES, THE HOTEL SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Non-smoking rooms.
- Rooms without pets. (If pets are allowed, specific rooms should be assigned and previously reserved in an area where the hair of the animal does not spread to other facilities)
- Well-maintained air conditioners (including cleaning / filter replacement)
- Dustproof rooms in which:
- There is little quantity of textile surfaces.
- If textiles are present, they should be vacuumed with HEPA 13 filters.
- All carpets must be short pile.
- All mattresses, blankets and pillows have hypoallergenic covers.
- There must be windows that can be opened or air conditioners that control the quality of the air.
- Personal hygiene products / toiletries must be for unscented and hypoallergenic
- Food from the minibar / room service menu must labeled to identify any possible allergens.