AAGR Quarterly Retail Safety E-News
July 2015

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Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuires in Grocery Stores


Designed for retailers and safety experts, this NIOSH booklet has a goal to prevent manual material handling injuries in grocery stores. Manual material handling injuries, also called overexertion injuries, account for 60% of the injuries and lost work in select retail businesses. This 23-page booklet has 13 unique illustrations showing employees in a grocery store using various mechanical assist devices for material handling tasks. This booklet was inspired by a NIOSH/CalOSHA booklet, Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling (2007-131). NIOSH produced this booklet because members of the NORA Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector recognized the need for informational materials showing interventions in work settings that were familiar to employers and employees.

Understanding Retail Theft 
From the L.A. Times

Why do people steal from stores, including the stores' employees?

Richard Hollinger analyzes that question for a living. He's a criminology professor at the University of Florida who also leads an annual study of retail theft jointly conducted by the school and the National Retail Federation, the industry's trade group.

The latest study, revealed last month at the NRF's convention in Long Beach, showed that theft and other so-called "shrink" cost retailers $44 billion last year. The two main culprits: shoplifting and employee stealing.