WorkSafe WA is conducting an inspection campaign focusing on store-based retailing outlets, with a view to improving safety within the industry.
The campaign will see inspectors visiting other store based outlets to identify common safety risks and provide employers with information on how to comply with OHS requirements.
The most common causes of injury in the retail industry are performing manual tasks when handling, lifting, carrying or putting down objects, as well as slips, trip and falls.
The regulator said there are a number of important steps duty holders should undertake to help control safety risks:
1. Eliminating the hazard or hazardous task
2. Re-designing, modifying, altering or substituting the hazard or hazardous task
3. Administrative controls
“Finally, when any control is implemented, make sure follow up and evaluation occurs to ensure that the control is adequately eliminating or minimising the risk and has not introduced new risks,” said WorkSafe WA.