If you work in retail there are inevitably going to be different risks involved in comparison to other sectors like construction or the health sector. However that doesn’t mean these risks aren’t viable and shouldn’t be accounted for, as lapses in health and safety can easily lead to incidents within the workplace involving employees, as well as the general public.
To ensure you’re well prepared from a health and safety point of view, you should always carry out regular risk assessments and of course put preventative measures in place to ensure the risks are reduced or eliminated entirely. Part of this should involve equipping your shop with some essential health and safety products, so here’s 5 must have items that all shops should carry.
First Aid Kits
Accidents in the workplace are pretty much inevitable, despite the best due diligence. But whether it’s a sprained ankle, cut finger or something more severe, you should always ensure there is a well-stocked, HSE compliant first aid kit in your retail space. This should also involve ensuring it contains the right kind of first aid equipment to deal with retail related injuries and that there sufficient supplies for the number of employees you have in your shop. Furthermore, training on how to use and apply basic first aid should also be given to staff members.
Fire Safety Equipment
Following on from first aid, you also need to ensure your shop is carrying sufficient fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets. They should be strategically placed in easily accessible areas, or areas where fire risks are higher. You should also make sure staff are trained on the use of fire safety equipment and that they’re appropriate for use on the most probable types of fire that may occur in retail environments. For example, water based fire extinguishers shouldn’t be used on electrical fires or chip pan fires.
One of the most common retail related injuries comes from trips, slips and falls, which can be with staff and the general public. This is why ensuring you have safety signs throughout your establishment will help to identify risks such as wet floors, low ceilings and steps that could cause someone to slip or trip over.
Personal Hygiene Products
With many retail workers coming into close contact with lots of people, it’s essential to make sure they have access to essential personal hygiene products, which include hand sanitiser and ant-bacterial soaps. This is of particular importance in catering establishments where food preparation and handling takes place.
Following on from personal hygiene, as a retailer it’s also important to maintain good hygiene standards within your shop premises too. So investing in the right cleaning equipment, such as colour coded mops and buckets for use in specific areas, as well as appropriate cleaning detergents will ensure areas stay sanitary and the risks of cross contamination is reduced.