This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
Guidelines: The following are controls that you should be aware of in regards to prevention of workplace violence, specific to handling cash.
a) Control the number of individuals with the combination and/or access to areas with cash
b) Keep cash levels in the drawers to a minimum level, over and above the allotted float for your business
c) Keep the cash drawer locked when not in use and the key hidden
d) Develop or have clearly written procedures for handling cash where an identified hazard has been assessed
e) Leave the cash on top of the register while making change in order to reduce confusion between clerk and customer
f) Ensure change amount is accurate by counting it back from amount owed
g) Secure cash (box or drawer) in a secondary location, outside of regular business hours
h) Ensure there is a physical barrier between you and the client/customer, such as a front counter or booth
i) Use hand sanitizer after handling cash, or consider wearing gloves if performing lots of cash transactions.
j) Be aware of your emergency escape routes should you find yourself in immediate danger
k) Encourage the use of electronic payments such as credit or debit cards, when possible
l) Vary the time of day when skimming cash from the registers
m) Consider posting visible signs letting customers know that minimum amounts of cash is kept on the premise
n) Consider installing and using a locked drop safe for workplaces that deal with larger amounts of cash
- o) Remove and/or secure larger bills ($50 or $100) as soon as practicable
If a camera or other such monitoring device is being used, post signage around the workplace to deter robbery and violence
a) Do not leave unattended cash in plain view
b) Do not handle food as well as cash, as cash is considered unhygienic
c) Do not carry large amounts of unsecure cash around the workplace. Where possible use locked devices to transport money from one location to another
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety