Manual Handling including unstacking of load.

Check to ensure that heavy product is stored below shoulder height for ease of handling.

Check any Lifting Aids in the department are in working order including any pallet jacks. Max height from pallet is 1.8 metres, two person lift if needed.

Check all team are wearing appropriate shoes for the department eg: closed toe shoes.


Check entire floor area for any hazards including stock, spillages and equipment.

Check availability of wet floor signs for isolating any hazards.

Check entire floor area for damage to surface.

Check drain grates for damage.


Check condition of the following for damage/ potential to cause injury - racking, stacking of goods, floor, flaps, door and door release mechanism, fan guarding, lighting and lighting covers, sprinkler heads.

Check lock in alarm and area around door is accessible and alarm is working.

Check MSDS are on display including instructions on what to do in the event of a gas leak.


Check all knives in the department are safely stored on magnetic knife holder and not on benches or in sink of water.

Complete random check of two team members for their awareness not to walk around department with a knife and use of PPE when using a knife.

Check to ensure that there are no knives left unattended on benches in the department.

Electrical Appliances including power points, Radio, Air Conditioning Units, Fly zappers

Check that all appliances have been serviced in last 12 months and have a test and tag sticker on them.

Check power cords to appliances are not causing a trip hazard.

Check to ensure no visible signs of damage including frayed cords and tag out if any issues are noted. Under no circumstances should team attempt to fix an electrical appliance.

Produce Cases including flower display

Check for leaks along all retail cases.

Check to ensure there is no visible signs of damage to case including Lighting/ Case/ Data strip/ Signage/ Merchandise units/ Covers.

Check stacking of product on shelves to ensure no risk of falling off and causing a hazard.

Pallet Jack

Check that all pallet jacks which are not in use are stored correctly with forks under a pallet.

Check any pallet jacks for damage and tag out if any faults noted.

Check team are wearing appropriate shoes when using pallet jack eg: steel capped shoes.

Check that two team are used when moving heavy loads and unstable loads are re-stacked prior to moving.

Ladders/ Orange Steps

Check for any visible signs of damage including rubber stops on all ladders/ Orange steps in the department.

Check that team aren't continuously reaching above head height to get product from shelving.

Check that team don't use ladders on uneven surfaces, don't lean away for ladders/ orange steps while using them and always maintain three points of contact.

Storage Area's including Managers desk

Check, remove and tag out any defective shelves that are found.

Check to ensure area is free from trip hazards.

Check that all stored goods including folders are stored correctly.


Check department for non Jasol chemicals and remove incorrect product from department.

Check that the Chemical Safety charts are on display in the department and that the MSDS sheets are in the departments 5 Steps to Food Safety folder.

Check that team have available and use PPE as per outlined on the Chemical Safety wall charts.

Storage in Rearstore Racking/ Shelving.

Check team are aware of the rule about no climbing in the racking.

Check to ensure that all racking is sound with no visible signs of damage to posts from forkhoists/ jacks.

Check goods stored in racking are secure and any pallets are wrapped.

Check that all racking is secure and bolted to floor.

Check shelving for any sharp edges/ damage, the beams are secured with pins and all shelves have cross support under them.


Has the department/ area got adequate lighting to compete tasks or are there blown bulbs?

Check all lights have diffusers (covers).

Check for any damaged/ faulty lighting. Lights only to be changed and fixed by qualified electrician.

Fire Equipment

Check exits both external and external from the department are free from obstructions.

Check department for fire warden arm band.

Check for missing/ damage to signage, mounts and seals.

Check equipment is fully charged (if gauge fitted)and has been serviced in last 12 months.

Check that all equipment including Extinguishers, Hoses, Call Points and signage is visible and accessible.

Flaps into department, chillers

Check and remove any damaged flaps/ Screens in the department.

Roll Cages/ Trolleys/ Flatdecks

Check to ensure no loose stock is stored in roll cages. No chemicals are to be stored in roll cages.

Check stacking of product on roll cage/ trolley/ Flatdecks.

Check for damage to equipment including sharp edges.

Check for damage and faults to wheels on roll cage/ Trolleys/ Flatdecks.

Bulk food bins

Check that all bins are secure and gravity feed bins are fitted with locking system.

Check that the floor area is clean and free from hazards.

Check bins and stand for any damage and sharp edges.

Wrapper - Manual

Check to ensure team are not exposed to excessive use.

Check hot surface labels are on wrapper.

Check for any damage to cord or power outlet and tag out if damaged.

RF Gun

Check two team members understanding around no pointing laser at peoples eyes.

Dealing with Customers and third Parties

Have department managers completed the customer accident and food complaints procedures module.
Check all other team are aware to pass these people into trained management.

Emergency Awareness check

Check 4 team for their awareness of their role in case of fire and earthquake.

PPE Check

Check to ensure all department PPE is available and in good condition.
Mesh Gloves, Large, medium and small.

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.