Boston City Councilors to Call for Hearing to Investigate Worker Safety Concerns at Wyndham Hotel

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2015
Contact: Dan Sibor, (617) 635-4561
Statement from Boston City Councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, and Tim McCarthy on Health & Safety Hazards at the Wyndham Hotel
“We were shocked to learn about the unsafe working conditions facing staff at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill hotel, located at 5 Blossom Street and next to Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Boston is a global destination. We must ensure that the staff who take care of visitors to our City are protected and respected themselves. Moreover, we expect Boston’s hotels to follow the same safety and confidentiality protocols that protect patients when they stay at Boston’s world-class hospitals.”The inadequate protections for staff at the Wyndham against the risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens is a health hazard. It is appalling that management of the Wyndham has not provided sufficient protection for workers who clean up blood and other bodily fluids, nor established a consistent procedure for disposal of needles and syringes.
“We believe it is our responsibility to protect Boston’s workers against health hazards at the Wyndham. As city representatives for this neighborhood, and as leaders of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, & Communities, we must act. At this week’s Council meeting, we will call for a hearing to investigate how best to protect Boston workers from these potential health hazards, and whether sufficient safety protocols are in place to protect hospital patients who stay at Boston’s hotels.”