Staying safe at work
Employees should know their company's policies about safety, security, and workplace violence. Any concerns should be shared with management.
Opening and closing
- Have two employees together meet and unlock the business. One should stay outside, while the other checks the interior. After clearing, both may enter.
- If you are alone at work after business hours, keep the door locked.
- Employees should accompany each other to their vehicles-- especially at night.
Employees making deposits should always go in pairs. You should vary deposit times and carry the deposit inside a plain bag. Do not use a bank bag or a bag with a name on it. Never make deposits after closing.
- Keep buildings locked whenever public access is not necessary.
- Keep secondary exits locked. Limit access to secondary exits by non-employees by having doors alarmed and labeled "EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY" or limit access to the area around the door.
- Keep restrooms, storage areas, and other spaces locked.
- Enforce your ID badge policies.
- Keep parking and walking areas well lit, and keep the area around the building clear of debris.
If confrontation does occur
- Consider all guns, or threat of guns, as loaded weapons.
- Activate alarms only if you can do so without detection.
- Attempt to alert co-workers only if you can do so safely.
- Follow directions exactly, without volunteering.
- Without seeming obvious, study attacker's distinguishing features