To shoppers, retail stores seem like safe, innocuous places. You stroll up and down the aisles and probably never think of what it takes to pack all that merchandise safely in a store that hundreds or maybe thousands of people pass through each day.
But if you’ve ever worked in a retail setting, you probably have a better idea of what it takes to create the well-oiled machine that is a busy store. There are countless moving parts and safety can be easily overlooked. Some companies are better than others when it comes to worker and shopper safety in the retail space, but there are common problems seen in many
These problems are the sort of thing that can cost a company dearly when it comes to OSHA violations and potential worker injuries. Let’s run down a few highly noted infractions:
- Not having functional or up-to-date first aid kits and fire extinguishers.
- Blocked walkways and/or unsafe storage of boxes.
- Improperly placed merchandisers that could lead to a possible accident between consumers or employees.
- Unsecured gas tanks for balloons.
- Blocked electrical outlets or exits.
The larger and busier the retailer, the more emphasis is required to be placed on workplace safety by management. Take discount retailer Dollar Tree for example. Dollar Tree had racked up $866,000 in fines for safety violations in the past year. Many of them can be avoided with the right technology in your corner.
With Field iD, users can create custom checklists so that these safety violations outlined above can be avoided. For example, imagine you’re inspecting the aisles within a store. Field iD users can create a step-by-step process to make sure everything is compliant. Safety managers can check off things like “Are there boxes on the floor?,” or “Do the aisles have a five-foot wide clearance for customers to pass?”
If something fails to pass an inspection, it’s recorded and corrective actions can be taken immediately. And just as important, Field iD will assure that the safety and compliance checks are in fact taking place because the process is time-stamped when you begin. In addition, GPS can be utilized to ensure that checks are happening where they are supposed to.
With Field iD, you can inspect and audit anything and everything. And the big advantage is that all the results are instantly visible to store managers and whoever else needs to see them.
In addition to general inspection and compliance, Field iD also gives store managers a better way to lockout tagout (LOTO) potentially dangerous equipment and machinery. On-the-job injuries related to forklifts are common, and many of those could be avoided through the use of Field iD’s LOTO technology. The same goes for other energy sources in retail settings, such as water valves, gas valves and electrical panels.
While the safety issues that face retailers might not be on the same scale as mining or heavy manufacturing, that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly. By using the latest safety compliance management and inspection technology, retailers can assure their employees are as safe as they can be.