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Assessing Risk to Ensure Retail Signage Hanging Safety

Sign Hanging Safety and Associated Risks

At any given time, there is no ultimate guarantee of immunity from harm or injury in everyday life, and the workplace is certainly no exception. Falls from heights, for example, poses a very significant risk that can result in serious injury or even death of workers in many different industries. From a business perspective, gaining a strong understanding of what needs to be done to adequately and honestly assess and control risks in the workplace, such as falling, while complying with health and safety law is the first step in prevention. The appropriate control measures for various hazards of a particular system of work are generally determined by individual job factors. Conducting a risk assessment can help identify these factors. In small workplaces is possible to carry out the risk assessment as a single, straightforward exercise, while in larger organizations it may be necessary to split the assessment up into more manageable elements. Using a retail store as example, sign hanging safety must be considered as part of a comprehensive risk assessment, particularly when assessing risks associated to falling from heights.

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Using a sound and structured methodology, employers, self-employed people, and employees’ representatives can identify, assess, and effectively minimize risks in the workplace. It is also important to remember that risk management is usually a regulatory or legislated requirement. Put simply, risk can be most easily defined as the chance of a potential harm occurring. Using a retail store environment as an example, any number of risks can easily be identified. Slips and trips, lifting heavy loads, sprains and strains from repetitive work and falling from heights are just a few issues that need to be addressed.  Without adequate consideration of effective retail signage hanging safety practices, for example, the risk of employees falling from ladders or heights becomes considerably high.

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Generally, there are 4 steps involved in effective risk management assessments:

Step 1:  Recognize the issue (identification of risks).

Step 2:  Determine the severity (assess the risks).

Step 3:  Identify solutions (to eliminate or properly control risks).

Step 4:  Review the risk assessment process and control measures once developed to ensure risks are still adequately addressed.

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Once again using the retail store as an example, the issue of sign hanging safety has been identified as a potential risk. Now assessment of the potential severity and possible solutions to address the risk should be considered. Possible solutions to address the risk can include avoidance, or elimination (not using signs at all), reduction or mitigation (using different methods to reduce risks of falling), transference or outsourcing sign hanging, or retention (acceptance of and budgeting for falls in the workplace). Any of these solutions will present a new set of challenges or considerations. Practicality, cost, time, and resources may undoubtedly affect what direction is best to take.  It is important to factor in common sense and, health and safety as a top priority when creating any risk assessment model. Ultimately, preparation with the right information and tools will be the best safeguard and guarantee for a happy, healthy, and productive workplace.

happy employee safe retail signage

About the AuthorSign hanging safety should be a top priority for any employer that utilizes retail signage regularly in the work environment for advertising, directions or labeling. If you are in need of sign hanging safety solutions we have the innovative products you’ve been missing.

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