Occupational Health and Safety Situations of Airbnb Hosts in Ontario
Objectives: To explore the OHS standpoints and experiences of Airbnb hosts, and identify challenges and possible changes in Airbnb’s practices to improve their OHS
Methods: A critical realistic study on shared accommodation with Airbnb hosts will be conducted in Ontario, Canada. Drawing on document analysis of online forum posts as well as in-depth semi-structured interviews with Airbnb hosts, this study will explore how hosts identify, experience, and perceive OHS risks within the system. Documenting these experiences will position the OHS risks in the day-to-day contexts within which hosts live. In addition, a gender critical lens will help recognize differential experiences of OHS.
Implications: This study is the first of its kind, to the best of our knowledge, to study the OHS of Airbnb. As the sharing economy grows, it is important for us to consider the implications of Airbnb hosts’ OHS. These OHS considerations will help inform policymaking and practice for housing, hotels, and short-term rental companies.