The practice of American shoppers looking for a deal on the Friday after Thanksgiving has evolved into a four-day retail event ending with Cyber Monday. This shopping bonanza leading off the holiday shopping season has implications for workers who may have long workdays and expanded work schedules. This season offers Read More
Officials from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recently suggested that the evolving nature of the retail environment may lead to a change in the risk of work-related accidents. Although retail is generally considered a low-injury hazard sector, new processes (such as curbside pickup) and changes Read More
A comprehensive study of injuries and illnesses in retail several years ago surprised researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They said that despite the perception of retail work being non-risky, they found that retail workers account for 20 percent of reported injuries and illnesses while Read More
Hazards exist in every workplace, but how do you know which ones have the most potential to harm retail employees? By identifying the retail workplace hazards that are most likely to impact safety, you will be better prepared to control or eliminate them and prevent accidents, injuries, property damage, and Read More
In 2014, work-related falls to a lower level in the wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector accounted for over 12,500 reported injuries. These injured employees were out of work for an average of 7 to 11 days (BLS 2015, BLS 2016). This post provides information about preventing ladder-related injuries in Read More
June, which is National Safety Month, is an appropriate time to focus on young workers, as they head out of school and into the workforce. Many of them will find jobs in the retail industry, a leading employer of young workers in the United States.
In 2014, there were approximately 18.1 Read More
Every retail operation is a complicated web of activity. There is always something happening as minds, machines, individuals, and technologies are all expected to work together as the controlled chaos of the retail enterprise marches forward. To keep it all running smoothly, there are fundamental practices that we all must Read More
Several recent manmade disasters, including the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, and the Brussels airport terrorist bombing, highlight the vulnerability of the workplace. Terrorism and workplace violence costs employers over $120 billion a year, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As the chance Read More
In the retail industry, work fatigue is caused by many factors. The most common is working extended or irregular shifts that are longer than 8 hours, or any work hours that limit the opportunity to get adequate sleep between shifts.
For example, an employee working a late night shift and then Read More