A retail environment – depending on the nature of the goods being sold – may pose various hazards to staff as well as customers and may require a retail risk assessment.
Size is also a factor to be considered when considering what reasonable control measures may be required to reduce the likelihood of harm occurring.
Common mishaps in retail environments include:
- cuts and bruises to staff as well as customers
- back aches from manual handling (carrying heavy loads without a mechanical aid)
- slips, trips and falls
- fires (as a result of electrical equipment or arson)
The law requires that any UK working environment that is under the control of an organisation with at least 5 employees, must hold valid and up-to-date health & safety documentation.
For retail environments, the required documents are: