Employees who work in retail establishments face several hazards related to their employment. Owners and managers who work with employees to reduce the risk of injury or other types of harm can make the retail location a much safer and more enjoyable place to work. This can translate into an establishment that is better for customers, as well. By following the safety tips detailed here, workers can have a lower chance of ending up injured or needing to take time away from the job.
Ways to Protect Retail Employees
- Lifting Properly to Reduce Strain: Lifting and bending are very common for employees who have to stock shelves and keep product out for customers to purchase. By showing employees the right way to perform these tasks, there will be a lower chance of one or more of them becoming injured.
- Using Equipment the Right Way: Many larger merchandisers have pallet jacks, forklifts, hand trucks, and other types of equipment for employee use. Only employees who are trained to use these pieces of equipment properly should be using them, to reduce the risk of injury to themselves and others.
- Improving Comfort for All Employees: Simple items like stools and cushioned mats can greatly help employees that have to be on their feet for long periods of time. Allowing them to stand on a more comfortable surface or sit down for a few minutes when there are no customers can mean fewer back injuries along with happier, more productive workers.
- Cleaning Up Spills Quickly: It is not just customers who can slip, fall, and get injured. That can also happen to employees. Putting proper signs out and quickly cleaning up any wet areas means fewer chances for an employee to slip. All employees should be trained in how to properly and thoroughly clean up a liquid spill.
- Avoiding Shrinkage With Loss Prevention: Merchandise can be lost through breakage, and through employee and customer theft. Some breaking of items is simply part of doing business, but shoplifting and employee theft can be greatly reduced with proper loss prevention techniques. Training employees as to what they should look for and how to correctly follow the law can be a very important way to make sure there are as few thefts from your store as possible.
- Keeping the Premises Secure: Protecting your employees from harm is not always possible, but there are many things you can do in order to reduce the risk to them, and that includes securing the premises the right way.
With Sonitrol, your employees have an alarm system they can rely on, and you can feel safer as a business owner, as well. Alarm technology has come a long way, and a comprehensive security system can reduce theft and also provide a video recording of any incident where an employee or customer claims injury or another type of issue.