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Retail Store Safety Inspection Template

This retail store safety inspection checklist is your basis for reviewing every safety aspect of your store. The safety checklist for retail stores includes over 60 conditions. You use it to make sure the workplace is safe for both employees and customers.

By working through each item on the list, the inspector makes sure that each task, area and piece of equipment is functioning correctly. After the inspection, the data collected can be evaluated to more easily identify areas for improvement.

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Retail Store Safety Inspection Template


Company Name

Location Code

Store Surveyed


This form is a reminder only, of general areas and items to be inspected. Check also for other unsafe acts and conditions and report them so they can be corrected.

First Aid and Emergency

First Aid station provided

First Aid supplies adequate

Certified First Aides available

Emergency numbers posted–Location known

Record Keeping and Posters

State/Federal Injury Records Maintained

Copies of supervisor’s accident/injury reports

Safety activities documented

Emergency plan established and posted

Employee Safety

Sufficient lighting stairs–work areas

Hand and power tools inspected

Non-exit doors marked–not an exit

Ladders in good condition–safety feet as needed

Broken glass, metal bands, sharp objects removed from storage and work areas

Instructions provided for proper lifting

Instructions provided for proper lifting

Trucks-trailers chocked during unloading

Warehouse Operations

Aisles clear and well marked

Storage conditions consistent with good warehousing practices

Parking Lots-Sidewalks-Ramps

Sufficient lighting

Surfaces free of holes, trash, snow

Obstructions well marked

Parking areas, travel lanes marked

No Parking emergency areas identified

Cart stalls–regular collection

Fire Prevention and Protection

Sprinkler valves locked in open position

Stock kept at a minimum of 18” from sprinkler heads and heater units

No smoking signs posted–enforced

Employee smoking areas designated

Employee smoking areas designated

Extinguisher locations identified

Extinguishers adequate–type and number

Extinguishers inspected–tagged

Employees trained to use fire protection equipment (extinguishers)

Fire extinguisher records of service, maintenance and recharging

Fusible links in sprinkler heads and fire doors free of paint

Incinerator provided a Class B fire wall and door (fusible link on door)

Incinerator or compactor area free of combustibles and hazardous materials

Electrical panels accessible–labeled

Proper size fuses (if fuse-type)

Extension cord use held to a minimum and only as a temporary measure

All electrical wiring installed in accordance with codes

Compressor room free of combustibles

Waste cans of a noncombustible material and provided covers

Flammable liquids approved containers

Noncombustible enclosure – self-closing door – boiler or furnace room

Heat buildup areas clear of combustibles (heaters, appliances, etc.)

Final Building check at closing

General housekeeping

General Conditions–Store

Automatic doors operate properly (rate of closing, travel area)

In-out decals on automatic doors

Door mats in good condition

Bubble gum machines, paint mixers, key machines, etc. secured against tipping over

Cash registers, kiddie rides, water coolers adequately grounded

All free-standing displays at least 48” high

Shelve stocking regulated to eliminate tripping hazards (boxes)

Wall and overhanging displays secured

Shelf displays arranged to prevent stock being knocked from shelves

Shopping carts in good condition–inspected for loose or bent wheels, sharp edges

Defective carts removed from service

Emergency cleanup procedure used

General sweeping program effective in keeping aisles clear of debris–slipping hazards

Displays, counters, floors free of loose mats, carpets, projecting metal strips, sharp edges

Exits clearly marked by illuminated signs which are visible throughout the store

Emergency lighting in good operational condition

Employees trained in how to handle an accident involving the public


Final comments/ conculsions:

Notes for next inspection:

Inspector name:

Inspector signature:

Shop manager name:

Shop manager signature:

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