The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are reminding employers to protect worker safety and pay as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.
“Whether employees are stocking shelves, packing boxes, delivering product, or selling merchandise, they have the right to a safe workplace,” said acting OSHA director Loren Sweatt. “Employers should focus on their responsibility to protect all employees during the busy holiday season.”
OSHA advises retail employers to take precautions to keep workers safe while managing large crowds during sales events. Retailers are encouraged to follow safety guidelines such as using trained security personnel and barricades or rope lines for pedestrians, and implementing crowd control measures and emergency procedures. OSHA provides related resources for warehousing, tractor trailer drivers, forklift safety and crowd management.
The WHD urges employers to comply with rules to ensure temporary and seasonal employees are appropriately paid for work performed.