Getting started

This page provides you with basic information about what you must do to make sure your retail business complies with health and safety law. Local Authorities normally enforce health and safety law in the retail sector. 

HSE's Entertainments, Leisure, Commercial & Consumer Services Sector, has the operational policy lead for the sector.

What you must do

Health and safety law applies to all businesses, no matter how small. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. You need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment.

What you should know

Health and safety doesn't have to be complicated. Information on HSE's Health and safety basics for your business site will make it easier for you to comply with the law and manage health and safety in your business.

For many businesses, all that's required is a basic series of tasks. The site will take you through the steps and help you to make sure you have done what you need to.

Information on the following can be found at Health and safety basics for your business .

For some work in the retail  industry there may be specific risks and activities you need to consider to make sure you are complying with the law.

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Updated 2021-11-22