The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has produced a comprehensive Assured Advice guide for ‘Managing Health and Safety’.

It contains an overview of the risks and hazards a store will face on a day-to-day basis. Health and Safety can refer to anything which could potentially cause an accident in store, from a customer tripping over loose cables, or slipping on wet floors, to the falling of badly stacked products onto a member of staff.

Also within the guide are detailed explanations of the types of risk assessments that a store owner and/or manager needs to carry out on a regular basis. Risk assessments are essential to the running of your convenience store as they are a way of preventing accidents and ill health in the work place by minimising or eliminating certain risks.

There is an easy-to-follow, pictorial walk through of the safe handling and lifting of goods and boxes. This is to show employees, and to help prevent them from injuring themselves or causing accidents, as around a third of all workplace accidents reported are as a result of poor manual handling.

The ACS Assured Advice guide on ‘Managing Health and Safety’ also contains information about: reporting accidents, using roll cages correctly, using in store equipment safely, first aid, electrical safety and maintenance, and additional links to other useful material..

Assured Advice has been developed for convenience store owners by ACS and Surrey County Council. By signing up to ACS’ Assured Advice scheme and following the guidance, a store’s procedures must be respected by all local enforcement officers including environmental health, police and trading standards.