The Only Retail Health and Safety Checklist You Need

Creating an exceptional in-store experience is always top of mind for retailers and brands. But, to do so effectively, ensuring that health and safety standards get enforced in all of your retail stores has to be a priority. That’s where checklists come in.

Store-level employees need to regularly fill out retail health and safety checklists and reports to create safer working environments and shopping experiences. (As a bonus, safety audit checklists also help retailers prove their due diligence in the sad event they’re liable for any accidents or injuries that occur in their stores.)

Whether you don’t have a proper way to check if health and safety guidelines get consistently followed by associates and managers or are merely trying to revamp your current health and safety inspection checklist, you’ve come to the right place. 

Foko Retail has created a retail health and safety audit checklist to help retailers big and small ensure the well-being of all employees and customers while they’re in your stores. 

Take a look at the list below, and feel free to rewrite, remix, and adapt it for your business as you see fit. (And, of course, if you don’t feel like copy/pasting or printing out this blog post, you can download the full thing at the bottom of the page.)

 

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Store Entranceway and Emergency Exit Walkthrough

Are all entranceways and exits free of any obstacles?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are all walkways free of any obstacles?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are all emergency exits clearly marked and obstruction free?  Yes ☐  No ☐

(If applicable) are there any cracks or damage in the sidewalk or pavement outside the store?  Yes ☐  No ☐

(If applicable) are stairs, accessibility ramps, and/or lifts free of obstacles?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Do all doors (automatic and manual) open and close easily?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is there sufficient lighting (no burnt-out bulbs or flickering lights) around the exterior?  Yes ☐  No ☐

(If applicable) Is there salt/sand stored onsite for snowy/icy weather?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is there wet floor signs/pop-ups on hand in case there are any spills?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are all fire exit signs fully lit and is emergency lighting working?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Any additional comments, questions, or areas that need improvement? 

 

Sales Floor Walkthrough

Is the store free of any tripping hazards or slippery surfaces?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are aisles clear and uncluttered?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is interior lighting bright enough so customers can safely navigate the store?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are all ladders and/or step stools in good condition and stable?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is store shelving safely secured?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are there any protruding or sharp corners that may cause injury to customers or employees?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are there covers on all electrical outlets?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Any additional comments, questions, or areas that need improvement?

 

Back Office/Stockroom Walkthrough

Is the stockroom free of any sharp edges, corners, and/or debris that may cause injury?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are storage shelves structurally sound?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are there any tripping hazards (electrical cords, loose tiles, etc.)?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is the office space clean and clutter free?  Yes ☐  No ☐

(If applicable) are staff storage lockers in good condition and able to lock?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are there covers on all electrical outlets?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is the staff washroom clean?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is there hand soap/sanitizer, toilet paper, and paper towels in stock?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are store cleaning supplies in stock and stored safely away from customers?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are loading areas uncluttered and easily accessible?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is the break area clean, free of any old food, and uncluttered?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are up-to-date health and safety guidelines posted in the backroom and visible to employees?   Yes ☐  No ☐

Any additional comments, questions, or areas that need improvement?

 

First Aid

Is the first aid kit fully stocked?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Do managers and store associates know where to find the first aid kit?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is the store’s automatic defibrillator easy to locate?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Is there always at least one employee on site who has their first aid certification?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Do staff understand the incident reporting procedure for injuries that occur on the job?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Any additional comments, questions, or areas that need improvement?

 

Fire Safety

Do staff know proper procedures in the event a fire is discovered?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Have all smoke detectors been tested and are they working properly?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are fire extinguishers unobstructed and easily spotted in their designated areas?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are fire extinguishers properly charged?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Are the fire extinguisher inspection records filled out correctly and on a monthly basis?   Yes ☐  No ☐

Have the staff been trained on how to use a fire extinguisher?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Do the emergency exit doors work properly and are they unobstructed?  Yes ☐  No ☐

Any additional comments, questions, or areas that need improvement?