Occupier’s liability is the main concern where the public comes to the premises. Aisles must be adequate and free of debris with flooring in good condition, no frayed or worn spots on carpet and no cracks or holes in flooring. Sufficient exits must exist and be well marked, with backup systems in case of power failure. Also, check the contracts between the shop owner and the other operators. Are they employees or do they rent space? Tanning beds, massage, and electrology services provide additional premises exposures that need careful control. Tanning services provide a special set of exposures that may need the services of specialty markets, due to the unknown loss potential for long-term exposure from the radiation and chances of cancer and related diseases.
Parking lots and sidewalks need to be in good repair with snow and ice removed, and generally level and free of exposure to slip and falls. Security of visitors in parking areas is rapidly becoming the responsibility of the owner or operator of the premises. Is the exterior lighting adequate? What other security measures are in place?