• BFS Editorial Team

Grocery Safety: Keeping employees & patrons safe

Updated: Jun 23

Running a grocery store? We all owe you one. Keeping grocery shelves stocked requires the efforts of around 3 million American workers, according to Data USA. They show up to work every day to keep customers happy and fed, and food safety begins with them.

To ensure they can perform their jobs safely, the Food and Drug Administration recommends grocery store and food service workers always wear personal protective equipment including:

  • face masks

  • accessible hand sanitizer

  • disposable gloves

  • full-face plexiglass guards when possible


Other steps to consider include:

  • Stop accepting cash if possible and wipe credit cards with hand sanitizer before giving them back to customers.

  • Frequently disinfect surfaces repeatedly touched by employees or customers such as door knobs, equipment handles, check-out counters, and grocery cart handles, etc, in addition to regularly

  • Whether your state requires it or not, it’s also smart to require customers to wear face coverings.

  • Like all businesses, grocery stores should also enforce social distancing guidelines, ensuring customers and employees always stay at least six feet apart. This can be done with clear markings on the floors at points of sale, and by limiting the number of patrons allowed inside at one time.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also asked employers to discontinue self-serve food and beverage stations and strictly enforce social-distancing guidelines. Learn more from the Food and Drug Administration here.

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