I have 20 years of experience in retail safety, loss prevention, and store operations. I have served as senior director of safety for a company that operates 70 warehouses and 100+ retail grocery locations. During inclement weather it is of critical importance that all walking surfaces are kept free and clear of snow ice and excessive water accumulation. Store management should be monitoring the front end of the store, including the entry and exit points, the vestibule, and the checkout lanes. Carts that have accumulated snow and ice need to be staged in a covered area, if possible, and an employee is generally responsible for ensuring carts are put away in the proper areas. Any damaged carts are placed out of service. During inclement weather, it generally is the responsibility of the front end manager to ensure water, ice, and snow do not accumulate. Employees should be instructed to notify management of any hazardous situation that could pose a risk to a customer or employee. Some companies use an audit system to ensure common areas like vestibules, restrooms, and check out areas are hazard-free.