Safety tip of the week

Dec 11, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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Good housekeeping can prevent injuries

Most of us probably define “housekeeping” as sweeping the floors and wiping dust off fixtures or equipment. Keeping things clean is part of housekeeping, but the most critical part of housekeeping is order. A place is in order when all necessary things are in their proper place.

This time of year you have large quantities of product coming into your store. Do you have a plan for where it all goes? Are you keeping aisleways clear for yourself as well as customers? Consider these benefits of keeping things in order rather than just maintaining good housekeeping:

  • Eliminate causes of accidents
  • Prevent wasted energy by having items properly stored for later use
  • Maintain good use of valuable space
  • Reduce damage to goods
  • Encourage better work habits
  • Reflect a well-run shop

What is your strategy for good housekeeping? During the day, does your staff periodically stop and survey the floors and shelves to see if there are any hazards for employees or customers? Make a habit of regularly looking over the store and housekeeping will be easier and prevent potential injuries.

Here is a fun video about keeping things in order. Use it to start off one of your safety meetings.

WR employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or rmeans@waretailservices.com