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Keep shoppers secure with a 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.

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Keep shoppers secure with a 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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Keep Your Retail Store Safe with this Comprehensive Safety Inspection Checklist

Ensuring the safety of customers and employees is essential for any retail store. A safety inspection checklist can help identify potential hazards and ensure that safety protocols are in place. The checklist should cover areas such as fire safety, electrical safety, emergency procedures, and housekeeping.

It should also include items such as proper lighting, slip and fall hazards, and the condition of store fixtures. By regularly conducting safety inspections, you can identify potential hazards before they become a problem and take corrective action. This can help reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and property damage.

Additionally, a safer store environment can improve employee morale and customer confidence. Use this comprehensive safety inspection checklist to keep your retail store safe and secure for everyone who enters.

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