If you're a general retailer, a DoL health and safety inspector will scrutinise these four areas
If you're a general retailer, such as a supermarket, there are specific health and safety measures in place to not only protect your customers, but your employees too.
After all, if your employees have to work with food products they could make others sick or contaminate them.
For example, if you get a delivery of meat that's already gone off and you don't dispose of it properly, it could spread serious bacteria around your store.
That's why the DoL inspector will check for these four areas...
Four areas the DoL inspector will check to determine your workplace health and safety
1. Personal cleaning areas
You should have a station your employees can use to clean themselves before and after their work shift. This limits the spread of bacteria between the food supplies and your employees.
2. Hygienic storage for their protective clothing
If your employees work in food preparation, they need hair nets, gloves, face masks and certain overalls. These also protect against the spread of bacteria between your employees and food. You must store them in a hygienic way so bacteria doesn't contaminate it.
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3. Food disposal area
Whether you get a delivery that's all ready rotten or it goes off on your shelves, you must dispose of it in a way that doesn't spread bacteria to your preparation area.
4. The shop floor
On the shop floor you need safety measures, such as wet floor signs, to protect your employees and customers. The DoL inspector will check for these to determine whether you put these safety measures in place.
Make sure all of these areas are up to health and safety scratch just in case a DoL inspector pays your store a visit.
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