Safety in the RETAIL Industry

Safety in the Retail industry

The retail industry employs more people than any other industry sector in Australia.

The retail industry also provides many young Australians with their first job, equipping them with important skills and experiences for the future.  As a result, more than a third of the retail workforce are under 24.

What are the risks?

Retail workers are exposed to many potential health and safety risks, with most injuries resulting from activities such as stacking shelves, packing and unpacking stock, moving trolleys and racks, using ladders and cleaning floors and shelves.

Strain injuries occur through sudden overexertion or continuous overuse.  Too much strain on your back can lead to long-term damage.

There is also a chance that you may encounter abusive customers or criminals attracted to cash or valuables.

The chance of an injury is higher when they are combined with risk factors such as:

  • Lack of supervision / training
  • Inexperience and / or young workers
  • Casual / adhoc employment
  • Static / fixed postures
  • Long and physically demanding shifts
  • Working alone and / or at night

 How do I minimise the risk to my workers?

Whilst it is difficult to complete eliminate the risks in a workplace, strong systems and processes, including a solid induction training program will have a large effect on the probability of an accident or incident happening.

A well-structured induction program is one of the most effective and efficient ways to bring new recruits up to speed on safe work methods.  Employees learn the right way of doing things from the beginning, minimising the risk of costly mistakes, whilst increasing productivity.

Wouldn’t it be great if your new recruits could come in on the first day already trained? For a lot of organisations, TANDI online induction training has proven to be the safest and most economical way to manage their new employee induction training.

Why online training is so effective

  • TANDI online employee inductions allows your new recruits to learn in the comfort their own home (or from anywhere with an internet connection) and successfully complete a comprehensive safety training module before their first day on the job.
  • The record keeping of the training is done automatically and secure, making it easy for your organisation to meet its legal obligations.
  • It allows for consistent and engaging delivery, ensuring maximum retention of learning
  • Information is kept up-to-date and compliant with current laws and regulations It also compresses delivery time
  • Massive cost savings on trainees and facilitator’s wages

Find out how you can Induct & Train your new workforce fast online here or check out TANDI’s low cost pricing here.

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