The Health and Safety Authority took enforcement action in 11% of inspections it made in the Wholesale/Retail sector last year, according to the group's 2013 Annual Report and Statistics Summary.
A total of 1,273 inspections were made on retail and wholesale premises last year, and 157 investigations, the Authority revealed. 26% of these addressed the use of the free online safety tool, BeSMART.
Inspections in the sector found that safety statements had been prepared in 59% of inspections, 85% had a safety consultation programme in place, and a safety representative had been selected in 15% of workplaces.
Commenting on the Authority's work, Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said: "The HSA has delivered on its 2013 programme of work and continues to make a significant difference to the welfare of our workforce. While we are determined to create an environment where more and more jobs are being created, this cannot be at any expense whatsoever of health and safety standards. Increasingly, employers recognise that a safe and healthy workforce is a key part of their competitive advantage, and are keen to work with Government to promote high standards.
"For its part, the HSA adopts a risk-based approach where possible. For most businesses all it takes is some simple steps and forward thinking to avoid the vast majority of accidents in the workplace."