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Wholesale Trade

This industry covers businesses that buy and sell finished products to other businesses. A business that sells to both the general public and other business is considered part of the wholesale trade industry when:

  • its premises are warehouses
  • it maintains significant storage facilities
  • it is not located or designed to attract a high proportion of walk-in customers.

Most common hazards and injuries

Workers in this industry are likely to be injured at work due to:

  • body stressing
  • falls, slips and trips
  • being hit by moving objects.

Common hazards in this industry include:

  • machinery and equipment, especially equipment such as forklifts and pallets
  • working in hot or cold environments
  • noise.

Some solutions

  • Provide training and instruction in safe manual handling procedures.
  • Maintain good housekeeping to ensure there are no obstructions or trip hazards on floors or in store areas.
  • Buy the quietest equipment for the job.
  • Good quality anti-fatigue and anti-slip flooring will reduce the risk of falls and make work more comfortable for workers who stand for long periods.

Resources and solutions

Hazardous manual tasks

Hot and cold environments

Industry snapshots

Managing noise and preventing hearing loss code of practice

Managing the risks of plant in the workplace code of practice

Slips trips and falls

Updated: 29th October 2019