D2: Analyse the importance of legislative and regulatory controls on food retailers.
Health and safety laws
An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere.
This act is really important for food retailers to meet their health and safety because it will reduce the risks for their employees and customers. If food retailers don’t meet their health and safety they will be prosecuted and fined thousands some of these example are Tesco and Morrison’s failing to follow their health and safety and getting fined thousands. They will also lose their reputation and performance.
Tesco, has been found guilty of failings in their health and safety procedures. An investigation was required after four workers were harmed in the work place. The case was investigated by Bracknell Forest Council after their environmental health team and the legal team of the council decided to prosecute Tesco’s under the Health and safety at work act 1974 for several health and safety incidents in their stores. The accidents occurred at one of their stores in Warfield and their store in Sandhurst. The court decided to charge Tesco £48,000 for the health and safety failings and a £15 victim surcharge will be added onto the charges. In addition to this Bracknell Magistrates Court has ordered the supermarket chain to pay £25,000 which are to cover the costs of Bracknell Forest Council. The magistrate has given Tesco just 21 days to pay the full amount of £73,015.
Morrison’s has been ordered to pay £50,000 after a worker suffered a serious elbow fracture when she slipped on spilled oil at its Ipswich store. A local authority investigation revealed the accident was one of many similar incidents at Morrison’s branches. Just six months before the December 2008 accident, the retailer had been warned about the slippery floors. At Ipswich Magistrates Court, WM Morrison Supermarkets, after several adjournments, entered a late guilty plea to a charge brought under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act of failing to protect its staff. It was fined £17,500 and ordered to pay costs of just under £32,500.
Healthy and safe environments
Healthy and safe environment is to help employees or staffs to have a safer environment also not only this for their customers. A business needs a proper building so nothing happens, non-wet floors so the business has a safer environment. For food retailers slips and trips remain the single most common cause of major injury in the retail sector. Food retailers need to have warning signs if there is any wet floors, this helps their customers identify the hazard and not to hurt themselves. Another example to keep the workplace safe is fire exit doors and escape routes, if there is a fire, people will know where to go and escape.
If food retailers don’t follow the health and safe environment act they will be prosecuted and have to pay a fine for not keeping their store environment safe. Customers want food retailers to have safer environment whilst they in shopping, if it’s not safe they will go to another food retail. It is important for them to meet their health and safety environment, their customers will feel safer and their performance will be better.
Asda has appeared in court after an employee slipped on an ice-covered floor in a storage freezer at the retailer’s Barnsley store. Barnsley Magistrates’ Court heard that the worker suffered knee injuries and had to take several months off work.
The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £33,000 in costs, after earlier admitting offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Asda said it had spent £31,000 on repairs to the freezer since the August 2011 accident.
Asda’s had another failure to maintain a roller shutter door has cost it more than £50,000 in fines and costs. West Lancashire Borough Council prosecuted the retailer after the faulty door unexpectedly closed and hit a forklift operator as she drove her truck underneath this act goes under the healthy and safe environment.
Handling products and equipment safely
In an organisation when handling products and equipment safely for example Handling Operations Regulations define it as 'any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force'. More than a third of all reportable injuries of over three days involve manual handling, and around 10% of major injuries are linked to manual handling. It has a major impact on all workplaces, and costs the economy hundreds of millions of pounds every year. This impacts Food retailers because they must use products or equipment safely, if they use it correctly it reduces the chance of any injuries occurring, for example if an employee working at the butcher sector, he or she using dangerous equipment, they need to use it correctly and safely so they don’t injure people around them