In a post released in April, NIOSH stated that the rate of homicide among workers in convenience stores is 7 times greater than those in all other industries. Keeping employees safe must be a priority for any convenience store owner. Modifications to stores can help reduce risk. If you own a convenience store, here are a few things you can do to help ensure the safety of your workers.
1. Provide a Clear View
One of the biggest mistakes owners make is hanging signage in front windows that blocks the clear view of the inside of the store. Signage is often a good way to advertise sales or products, but it must be hung so that the view into the store is not obstructed. Consider this as you are hanging posters and other pictures.
A second mistake that owners make is placing cameras throughout the store and not making sure that they are always in working order. Your cameras should record what is happening inside the store at all times. Keep recordings for at least 30 days before recycling them.
3. Alarm System
Have a professional alarm system installed in your store. Your alarm system should be linked directly to a company that will alert the police for you. In some areas, you may be able to link your system directly to the police department. Speak to someone at your local law enforcement agency to find out about your options.
Put your employees through safety training. Your employees need to know how to respond if someone comes into your store with ill intentions. Nothing in your store cannot be replaced. Every employee should know that their health and safety, and especially their lives, are more important that anything stocked on your shelves or the money in your register.
If you aren’t sure how to modify your store to make it safer for your employees, your insurance agent should be able to help you. You can also speak with a member of your law enforcement agency or chamber of commerce for advice.
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