Health and Safety services for the Retail Sector

Health and safety in the retail sector is crucial to ensure the safety of workers and customers.

The main causes of accidents and injury in retail are slips and trips, manual handling and falls from height. Slips and trips are preventable by keeping floor areas clear, and by wearing the correct footwear. Cleaning floors, while an essential operation particularly in areas dealing with food, can also create a hazard of wet or coated surfaces that need to be clearly marked.

Even the weather can affect safety — the amount of water brought into a shop by customers during the course of a rainy day for example.

Common hazards can include:

  • Slippery, smooth, supermarket or shopping centre floors
  • Leaking fridges or chiller cabinets
  • Failure to clear up adequately after customers spill produce — oils and sauces for example
  • Slips in food preparation areas of cafés and sandwich shops
  • Trip hazards in walkways, such as bags and cables
  • Trip hazards in delivery areas and storage areas
  • Rain, mud and snow being brought in on customers' shoes

Additionally, each type of retail presents its own set of health and safety issues: a supermarket differs from a food takeaway for example. Health and Safety Manager has the expertise to provide specific health and safety help and advice to meet every type of retail environment.

The Health and Safety Manager can provide all required documentation, advice and consultancy, along with the experience needed to ensure health and safety compliance for the retail sector — to maximise the safety of workers, and help protect employers from fines and litigation.

Tel: 0774 347 6529

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138 Duke Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5BZ