ReStore Safety Tips for the New Year

ReStore Safety Tips for the New Year
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It’s a new year and the perfect time to review your safety procedures for the most common risks around your ReStore.

Ensure employees, volunteers and customers at your ReStore enjoy a safer 2022 with these tips:

Prepare for a safe winter at your ReStore. Prep buildings ahead of time to prevent property damage, stay in contact with employees and customers ahead of storms, keep walkways and parking lots clear of snow and ice, and avoid overexertion when shoveling heavy snow.

Stay safe online by remaining vigilant for cyber threats. Develop computer policies and procedures, protect your devices, enable software protection, install security updates, use strong passwords, and train employees on how to spot and report hacking attempts.

Protect your ReStore from the risk of theft. Protect the property with secure door locks and security systems, keep cash on premises to a minimum, select and train trustworthy employees and volunteers, build a culture of fairness and accountability, and perform routine audits.

Encourage proper lifting form to prevent back injuries. Create written guidance for safe lifting, teach employees and volunteers proper lifting technique, know individual lifting capacity and when to use a team lift or mechanically assisted lift, and use proper lifting technique every time.

Be prepared for severe weather. Develop an emergency communication plan, designate an area for shelter, keep a stocked emergency kit available, take steps to protect affiliate property from forecasted storms, and hold training sessions and drills with employees and volunteers.

Prevent slips, trips and falls at the ReStore. Keep flooring clean and in good condition, use non-skid rugs and mats, ensure adequate lighting, clean up any spills and wet spots right away, and place wet floor signs around wet spots until the floor is completely dry.

Take care of customer safety at the ReStore. Inspect your ReStore regularly for issues, clear aisles to prevent tripping, create clear paths by moving merchandise sticking out into the aisle, and secure all merchandise to prevent it from falling and striking customers or employees.


By implementing these tips, your ReStore will have a safe and happy 2022!

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