Store Safety Checklist

Use this Retail Store Safety Checklist to inspect store facilities, emergency procedures etc. to ensure compliance with Health & Safety requirements.

Store Safety Checklist



Parking Lot, Sidewalks & Ramps

1. Is there sufficient lighting in the parking area?


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2. Are surfaces free from holes, trash, leaves, or snow?


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3. Are any obstructions well-marked? 


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4. Are all parking areas and travel lanes marked?


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5. Are "No Parking" emergency areas identified?


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6. Are cart stalls regularly collected?


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General Store Conditions

1. Are automatic doors functioning?


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2. Are door mats in good condition?


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3. Are bubble gum machines, toy machines, key machines, etc, and similar equipment securely anchored to prevent tipping?


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4. Are cash registers, kiddie rides, water coolers, etc., properly grounded?


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5. Are shelf displays arranged to avoid tripping hazards and prevent items from falling off?


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6. Are walls and overhanging displays securely anchored?


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7. Are shopping carts in good condition, with no loose or bent wheels, sharp edges, etc.?


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8. Are defective carts promptly removed and replaced?


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9. Have sharp edges, projecting metal bits, loose mats, etc., been addressed in all displays, counters, and floors?


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10. Are exits marked by illuminated signs throughout the store?


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11. Are non-exits marked as such?


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12. Is emergency lighting in good operational condition?


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First Aid & Emergency

1. Is the first aid station marked, and are there sufficient supplies available?


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2. Is there a certified first aid employee available during every shift?


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3. Are emergency numbers presented? 


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Employee Safety

1. Are electrical equipment and tools inspected daily?


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2. Are electrical equipment and tools safely stored? 


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3. Are all stairs and work areas sufficiently lighted?


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4. Are hand and power tools inspected daily?


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5. Are hand and power tools safely stored after inspection?


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6. Are ladders in good condition?


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7. Are ladders safely stored?


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8. Have broken glass, metal bands, and sharp objects been removed from storage and work areas?


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9. Are proper lifting instructions marked?


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10. Are metal conveyors stored?


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11. Are trucks and trailers choked during unloading?


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Fire Prevention And Protection

1. Are sprinkler valves locked in the open position?


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2. Is stock kept at a minimum of 18” from sprinkler heads and heater units?


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3. Are "No smoking" signs posted and enforced?


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4. Are employee smoking areas designated?


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5. Are fire extinguishers mounted and accessible?


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6. Are all locations of fire extinguishers identified to employees?


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7. Are fire extinguishers inspected and tagged regularly?


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8. Are employees trained to use fire protection equipment, like extinguishers?


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9. Are records of fire extinguisher inspections kept and maintained?


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10. Is the incinerator or compactor area kept free of combustibles and hazardous materials?


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11. Are electrical panels accessible and properly labelled?


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12. Is the use of extension cords minimized and only used as a temporary measure?


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13. Is all electrical wiring installed following city codes?


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14. Is the compressor room free of combustibles?


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15. Are waste cans made of non-combustible material and have proper covers?


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16. Are flammable liquids kept in approved containers?


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17. Are areas prone to heat buildup clear of combustibles, such as heaters and appliances?


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Record Keeping & Posters

1. Are state and federal injury records being maintained?


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2. Are copies made and kept of the supervisor’s accident and injury reports?


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3. Are safety activities documented?


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4. Are emergency plans for all situations made and posted for all employees and managers?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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