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Health and safety in the retail industry

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The retail industry is a major employer in the UK employing around 3 million people. This website provides information and guidance on key risks within the retail sector and advice on how to manage those risks. This includes a risk assessment tool to help small shops undertake their own risk assessment and links to information on the Primary Authority scheme which will be of interest to larger retail organisations.

Getting started

Shop risk assessment tool

HSE have developed a shop risk assessment tool which allows those working in small low-risk shops to do their risk assessment quickly and easily.

It enables you to produce a tailored assessment by selecting the relevant hazards and thinking about how you control them

Shop risk assessment tool

Primary Authority Scheme

This will be of interest to larger retail establishments who have premises in locations spread over different local authority areas. Primary Authority gives business the right to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority. This scheme is administered by the Better Regulation Delivery Office.

Primary Authority Scheme


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Updated 2017-12-22