Hardware Retailing

OCT 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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6 Falling Objects Marr says unsteady objects or insecure storage could lead to injury-causing accidents. Frequently check your shelving to ensure it's sturdy and in good condition, and be sure everyone knows how to safely stock and store merchandise. October 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 53 Seasonal Employee Training Under certain circumstances, giving seasonal employees work that requires safety supervision or giving instructions to keep customers safe is fine. But be sure you arm those seasonal employees with safety training so they can do their jobs effectively and protect customers. Winter Weather Ice and snow can be major obstacles to keeping employees and customers safe. As winter weather arrives, your team should quickly clear parking lots, sidewalks and the entryway. Even a small amount of ice can cause an accident that may imperil your business. Exposure Many hardware stores have chemicals that could be dangerous if ingested or inhaled. Be sure that these products—chlorine, solvents and hardware like nuts and bolts—are stored safely. When employees use them, be sure they have the required training to apply them responsibly. Safety Equipment You probably already stock safety equipment, but are your employees using it? Providing protective eyewear, gloves and safety vests is an investment that safeguards your employees for years to come, Marr says. Software Updates It's important to safeguard your business's computer systems. Be sure to regularly update your software, including operating systems and anti-virus programs, to ensure you're protected from online threats. 7 10 9 8 5

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