GSS Security Services can train Your Hospitality Staff in OSHA Compliance

  • The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers must provide a safe working environment for staff. OSHA has established regulations to keep employees secure, and one of those regulations is the requirement that employees be properly trained in safety procedures. 

    In addition to providing security services, GSS Security Services offers a comprehensive OSHA classroom training program that teaches employees about several safety and security topics. We have tailored this course especially to the hospitality industry and customized it to address the diverse threats specific to your hotel or operation.

    We will instruct your security staff in how to protect themselves and others in emergencies, and will teach all your employees how to:

    • identify internal and external security threats
    • communicate security concerns to management
    • handle OSHA inspections
    • interact with guests who behave inappropriately
    • remove trespassers and manage crowds
    • create an emergency action plan
    • prepare for emergencies
    • respond to emergencies and crises
    • deal with fires, bomb threats, and hazardous chemicals
    • handle blood-borne pathogens and biochemical waste
    • use personal protective equipment
    • evacuate and control access to sensitive areas
    • keep guest rooms secure
    • reduce the loss of property

    Our OSHA compliance trainers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about security. They are well-trained, experienced professionals who are up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

    Protect your staff and guests, reduce your liability and minimize your operating costs by getting your employees trained in OSHA compliance today! If you would like to discuss bringing GSS Security Services, Inc. OSHA compliance training to your facility in the New York City area, please contact us

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Recent news with Ebola has prompted the concern for the proper use of PPE, when was the last time your staff were properly trained?


What is personal protective equipment?

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.

What can be done to ensure proper use of personal protective equipment?

All personal protective equipment should be of safe design and construction, and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. It should fit well and be comfortable to wear, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers and ensure its proper use. Employers are also required to train each worker required to use personal protective equipment to know:

§  When it is necessary

§  What kind is necessary

§  How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off

§  The limitations of the equipment

§  Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. This program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.


Please contact GSS Security Services for your PPE Training and program development

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Emergency - Does your Hospitality Security Service Provide an Emergency Action Plan

"Did you know that up to forty percent of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen? Yet in spite of the obvious benefits of having an emergency plan in place, nearly two-thirds of respondents to an Ad Council survey reported their business do not have one."  Department of Homeland Security

Is your facility fully prepared for emergencies? Do you have an Emergency Action Plan in Place? Are you working with a professional Hospitality Security Services firm to keep it up to date? Do you test it on a regular basis?  

One of the more obvious concerns you will want to address is what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.  Here is an excellent primer from the Department of Homeland Security on how to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency.  They suggest you:

  1. Create a Preparedness Program
  2. Gather Information and Create a Plan
  3. Consider How to Train and Implement the Plan
  4. Test the Plan with Different Exercises
  5. Evaluate and Improve

Virtually every public and private gathering is a target today and this is not the time to go online and download a template. The security of your facility, guests and staff is at risk every minute of every day.  

Your staff needs to be trained on how to respond to all types of emergencies. GSS will guide you in creating a REAL Emergency Action Plan, work with you to train your staff and then test your plan for vulnerabilities.  

View the Elements of the GSS Emergency Action Program Here

If you do not have an Emergency Action Plan in place now or need yours updated or tested, contact us.  We are GSS Security Services and security is our only business!

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Fire Extinguishers at Work

Prepare personnel to fight small fires safely 

With the July 4th weekend just a few days away and the use of Illegal Fireworks in full play, there is no better time to review Fire Safety Procedures

Give staff members the ability and confidence to keep small workplace fires from becoming major disasters.

Here are just a few steps that can make the difference

  • What to do before fighting a fire
  • How to use the P.A.S.S. technique (Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the lever, and Sweep the nozzle from side to side) for maximum effectiveness
  • The five classes of fire and the importance of using the right equipment
  • How to select the right extinguisher
  • Know your companies Emergency Evacuation Procedures






Fire safety training for employees is one of the most important investments a business can make!

Please contact GSS Security Services for all your Fire Safety Emergency Preparedness Training.

Have a safe July 4th Holiday

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Let GSS Handle Your Hotel and Hospitality Security Services

If you're in the hospitality business, you know that a luncheon or other special event at your establishment can be anything but business as usual. There is always the potential of people who weren't invited showing up at the event, or people who were invited acting inappropriately. Because situations -- especially those involving alcohol -- can quickly escalate, good hospitality security services are needed for such occasions.

GSS staff is specifically trained to detect potentially embarrassing or dangerous situations before they occur and address them promptly and discreetly. Further, staff is trained to blend into any situation so that they can provide security services for your special event and keep the event running smoothly without becoming a distraction or making guests feel like they're being watched. 

Hotel events and visits by dignitaries are a specialty of GSS Security Services, and our staff is ready to provide daily security detail or special event security at hotel gatherings. We also provide a Safety and Security program for hotel employees in order to train them on important aspects of their jobs, including safety issues like blood borne pathogens, food and fire safety and much more; as well as security issues including undesirables on property, guest room safety, and the concept of see something say something.

Hotels and hospitality events are two very good reasons for security. When it comes to security, we are New York State certified and equipped to meet your needs. For more information about our services, including special events services and our hotel Safety and Security program, contact us.

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All Hotel Employees Have a Responsibility to Support Safety & Security


Due to the nature of the industry, hotels carry enormous liability risks, whether from accidents to illnesses. GSS Security Services believes that all hotel employees have an individual responsibility to support the Hotels Safety and Security program where they work. We also feel this responsibility and have, therefore, developed a Safety and Security program.

Through our New York state certified security team and our certified Fire Safety Directors, hotel employees can learn about security issues such as how to prevent general liabilities, dealing with guests and guest room security, key controls, the concept of "see something, say something," and how to deal with undesirables on the property. In addition, employees will receive training on OSHA Safety subjects such as blood borne pathogens, hazardous communications, fire safety, proper lifting techniques, personal protective equipment, slips, trips and falls, lockout/tagout, bed bug inspections, risk assessments, and food safety.

In addition to our training program, GSS Security Services also provides security at hotel-hosted events as well as visits to the hotel by dignitaries. We've had years of experience in providing hotel security and are trained to detect the signs of a potential risk and to address that risk before it disrupts important events or the comfort of hotel guests. Our staff is able to "blend" into any situation, preventing guests from feeling like they're being watched or growing concerned about the security presence.

Any time the public is allowed onto a company's premises, there is a potential security issue. For hotels, the presence of overnight guests and others attending special events, the potential is even greater. We can help. For more information on our Safety and Security program or our hotel security services, contact us today.

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Hospitality OSHA Compliance Training

Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than one-half of the nearly 3.0 million private industry injury and illness cases reported nationally in 2012 were of a more serious nature that involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction. 

Blood Borne Pathogens - Employees are exposed to blood borne pathogens and biochemical wastes everyday because we work with the public in a Hotel setting. A blood borne pathogen is any germ or virus that is found in blood. All other bodily fluids or wastes are bio hazardous wastes. Blood borne pathogens and bio hazardous wastes can be found in the guest rooms, bathrooms, pool area and laundry.  


Hazard Communication - Chemical products have become a part of everyday life. We use them in our homes and on our jobs – sometimes without knowing how to use them correctly or what to do if an accident occurs. You may be exposed to many chemicals on your job. Some of those chemicals could be hazardous, and you should know about it.

Personal Protective Equipment - Personal Protective equipment like gloves, safety shoes, ear plugs, face shields and safety goggles can and will help you avoid injury in the workplace. Some jobs we do put us at risk and the proper use of PPE will help reduce and prevent injury in the workplace if used properly.

Lock-Out/Tag - Before an authorized or affected Employee turns off a machine, vehicle or equipment, the authorized Employee must have knowledge of the type and magnitude of the energy sources, the hazards of the energy to be controlled, and the method or means to control the energy.

Fire Safety - All employees must become familiar with Fire Safety procedures so that they know them by memory and can implement them in case of fire. We can best protect ourselves, our guests and the property if we are well informed.

Slips, Trips and Falls-Falls resulting from slips and trips are a major cause of workplace accidents and can result in muscle strains, sprains and even broken bones. Many of these injuries can be prevented if you “watch your step” and use COMMON SENSE. Here are some safe work practices that will help ensure the SAFETY of you and our guests.

Back Safety - Like cars, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers and clothes dryers, the human body is a type of machine that must be maintained and used properly to keep it running well. When we understand the effect of misusing or abusing our bodies, we can take necessary actions to prevent or repair damage to the body.

GSS Security Services offers a very comprehensive OSHA 7 Training Program that allows all employees in your organization to be trained on all 7 subject matters. For further information and assistance please contact us.

Protect your Employees, Protect your Guest, Protect your Bottom Line

Contact Us For More Info.

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