Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for the Retail Industry
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is an important part of the workplace environment. Both the worker and the employer have a responsibility to keep the workplace a safe environment. Yet comparative mapping of several national profiles of OSH legislation has revealed current standards of OSH for the retail sector to be seriously inadequate or even absent. However, the public face of safety and health is often restricted to incidents when fatal accidents or serious incidents occur, it is also important to remember that OSH includes such aspects as the general wellbeing of all workers. Taking the retail workers as example, every year many people suffer long-term injuries at the workplace, subsequently affecting their lives and their ability to work. Furthermore, the retail environment necessitates some unique OSH conditions to be taken into consideration.
This research will determine the legal and practical provisions for OSH in the retail industry in various countries and retail establishments. These have been classified according to the various OSH risks, are to serve as guidelines for the implementation of specific legislation by governments, specific regulation by retail stores, as well as further campaigns and training by trade unions.