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How can something that we use almost every day be considered a dangerous place? Depending on its location, design and the time of day, parking lots can present a risk of workplace violence. The good news is that there are some basic safety principles that you can use to help keep you safer when traveling to and from your car.
Have a plan ahead of time. Know where you can go for safety and how to call for help.
Always try to walk with a friend, co-worker, or a security officer. Give your escort a ride back to the main entrance so they do not have to walk back alone.
If you have to walk alone:
Always be alert to your surroundings. Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and look around. Look directly at people but do not stare at them. Trust your instincts when you feel something is not right.
Be prepared when you leave your business, or when you leave the car for work.
Have the keys ready to unlock the door as you get near the vehicle or door. As you approach your car, look around, inside, and even glance underneath for people who may be present. If you are suspicious, walk away. Go to a safe place and call for help.
Report suspicious behaviour to the parking lot attendant, security or the police.
Add a badge to your website or intranet so your workers can quickly find answers to their health and safety questions.
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