Hotel Manager at Berri Hotel
Jeremy met one of the SafeWork SA WHS advisors when their hotel management company, 1834 Hotels arranged a visit to assist them roll out a new work health and safety management plan.
The advisor really encouraged our workers and managers to get thinking about work health and safety and encouraged them to speak up when they thought improvements could be made. To have the advisor come visit on site in Berri showed they really are here to help South Australians.
When 1834 Hotels implemented a new WHS management plan for all of the hotels in the network, we knew that getting the message out and ensuring staff awareness of the changes would be one of our biggest hurdles. With that in mind, 1834 Hotels asked the SafeWork SA advisors to visit us at the Berri Hotel, as well as visit many of the other hotels across South Australia, to help with WHS workshops for our teams.
We’re a proud community hotel, we sponsor local sporting clubs and we employ local people. We care about everyone who works here, we’ve got around 100 staff at our hotel and their safety is important to us. Everyone should feel safe coming to work.
In a hotel, the kitchen and laundry tend to be higher risk areas. When the advisor came to visit we were more than happy to show them around so that they could understand our workplace. They provided some simple recommendations for improvements that were completely tailored for us.
Our workers are the ones on the ground every day, seeing what’s happening around the hotel, and they often have the best ideas too. Why wouldn’t we make the most of that?
Having the advisor come out and speak to the team has showed our workers that it’s a good thing to talk about safety and they now feel confident knowing they don’t need to worry about speaking up. We’re really encouraging people to identify potential WHS risks and we’ve made it much easier for people to communicate these risks to us. The new program and the advisor visit has helped us prevent any issues in our workplace and that’s something you can’t put a cost on.
People hear the name SafeWork SA and they can get nervous, but the advisors are here to help your business. Don’t be scared to invite them in”.
Jeremy Sweet is Hotel Manager of Berri Hotel, located in the township of Berri in the Riverland, and only a two and a half hour drive from Adelaide. Situated along the north banks of the River Murray they offer a range of accommodation options, facilities and services for conferences, special functions or family getaways. Holding education sessions with staff was key to implementing their new WHS management plan.
1834 Hotels proudly manage a network of individually owned hotels, motels, apartments and resorts across Australia. Specialising in the hospitality and tourism sectors, 1834 Hotels is a network that is continuously growing with regional and CBD locations.