Tips for navigating the supermarket floor safely

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Working in a supermarket means adapting to a fast-paced environment. Being able to safely navigate the sales floor is an essential part of working in such a setting, underscoring the need for slip-resistant shoes.

If you're just starting out, the busy workplace can be overwhelming. Between dealing with customers and tending to your tasks, it can be easy to get flustered. But once you familiarize yourself with the layout, you'll be much more confident and it'll show through your work, so don't stress yourself out if you don't feel like you're pulling your full weight in the first few days.

Know the risks
The sales floor can be a dangerous place for workers and customers alike. There's plenty of foot traffic throughout the day and there may be products on the floor at any time. Items can fall off shelves, or people can knock things over. Workers may also unintentionally cause obstructions – on stock nights, large bins are probably left in the aisles. Alternatively, if employees are rearranging products on shelves, they may leave some on the ground, which can pose a trip hazard.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health highlighted the dangers associated with retail trade venues. Slippery floors are unavoidable – spilled liquids and rainy or snowy weather will lead to slip hazards. If you're not confident in your ability to safely work on the sales floor at all times, here are some tips.

  • Invest in work shoes: Many employers require you to wear slip-resistant shoes for their ability to protect wearers from slips and fall injuries. Though there are plenty of these on the market, not all pairs are created the same. You have to consider form and function. Your footwear should be slip resistant in a range of conditions and on different surfaces. Additionally, you shouldn't have to give up fashion for the sake of safety. Look for ones that fit your personal style and will keep you safe.
  • Keep an eye out for trouble: Perfecting the art of getting from point A to point B while keeping an eye on what's in front of you and under your feet will take practice. However, frequently looking down at the ground will ensure that you spot any slip or trip hazards. Additionally, be aware of customer foot traffic. If people are skirting around a small area, chances are, there's a spill that needs tending to.

Keeping these tips in mind while you navigate the sales floor will help reduce your chances of sustaining work-related injuries. So stay safe and have fun!

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