Maryland retailers are being advised to take greater precautions with their Black Friday shopping events to avoid crowd-related injuries.
As the holiday season approaches, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) encourages employers to adopt effective safety and health management systems to identify and eliminate work-related hazards, including those caused by large crowds at retail sales events.
MOSH recommends that employers planning a large shopping event adopt a plan that includes the following elements:
- On-site trained security personnel or police officers,
- Barricades or rope lines for pedestrians that do not start right in front of the store’s entrance,
- The implementation of crowd control measures well in advance of customers arriving at the store,
- Emergency procedures in place to address potential dangers,
- Methods for explaining approach and entrance procedures to the arriving public,
- Not allowing additional customers to enter the store when it reaches its maximum occupancy level, and
- Not blocking or locking exit doors.