The exterior areas around your stores are critically important to first impressions! Use an Exterior Area Checklist to ensure the area around your stores is clean, safe and invites customers to come into your stores.
What are you waiting for?
Around the Building
- Address sign or number is easily visible from the street?
- Garbage containers are emptied on a regular basis and in good repair?
- Waste is stored in appropriate waste or recycling storage areas?
- Property is kept clear of litter, combustibles, hazardous materials, old batteries, etc?
- Security system is working properly?
- If present, are smoking areas clean?
- Is an appropriate cigarette butt receptacle available?
- Are appropriate signs posted (e.g., no parking in fire routes, etc.)?
- Parking areas are free from trip hazards (e.g., no potholes, cracks, etc.)?
- Lighting is adequate in the area and walkways at night?
- Is the parking lot kept free of debris?
- In winter, is the parking lot free from ice and snow?
- Are stairs, stairwells, and landings kept clear and unobstructed?
- In winter, are stairs, stairwells, and landings kept clear from ice and snow?
- Stairways are adequately lit?
- Stairs, treads, handrails, and any guards are secure and in good condition?
- Do treads and landings have non-skid surfaces and they are in good condition?
Exits / Fire Safety
- Are all emergency exits, exit doors, landings, and steps from the building well marked, unblocked, and kept in good condition?
- Exits kept free from ice and snow during the winter?
- In winter, is the roof area over the exits free of falling ice and snow hazards?
- Are exit doors, landings, and steps well lit? Are the lights over the exit doors working and in good repair?
- In winter, is the access ramp clear of ice and snow, and is there good traction?
- Can the building be easily accessed by the fire department? Are fire lanes accessible and posted?
- Are the fire department hose connections kept clear, accessible and have caps?
- Is the electrical service entrance area clear of trees and branches?
- Are all electrical wires out of reach of the public?
- Does the chimney (if present) appear in good repair with the correct clearances?
- Are walkways clear and in good condition? Are there any holes or trip hazards on grounds where workers/public may walk?
- In winter, are ice and snow cleared promptly from walkways?
- Is security lighting functioning properly?
- Are exit routes (from the grounds) well marked, and kept clear and unobstructed?
- Is fencing is in good condition?
- Any outdoor machinery is in good repair?
- Are workers using machinery properly trained?
- Workers have adequate protection from the elements (sun, cold)?
- Do workers who require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) know how to use it properly?
- Hazardous products are adequately stored and labeled?
- Are incompatible materials stored separately?
- Shed or area is secured and access limited?
- Is there any sign of leaks or spills?
- Are “No Smoking” signs posted when flammable products are stored?
- Is the storage area protected from exposure to heat, moisture, vibration, flame, etc. as appropriate for the products stored?
- Equipment and machinery are in good condition?
- Are any required PPE available to workers and they have clear instructions?
- If required, are pedestrian walkways clearly marked?
- Are vehicles and/or loads secured from accidental movement?
- Is the area kept free of obstructions or debris?
- Are any lifting devices, racking systems, etc. in good condition?
- If required, are machine guards in place?
- Visually, does it look like material handling and manual material handling procedures are being followed?
- Signage is clearly visible to passing pedestrian and car traffic?
- Is signage current and in good repair?
- Someone is responsible for keeping signage/exterior clean?
- Signage is well lit?
- Is signage free from burnt out lightbulbs?
- Are store hours up to date and visible?
- Parking signage and direction are present?
If your store has a drive-thru, see the drive-thru checklist.
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