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Depending on its location, design and the time of day, parking lots can present a risk of workplace violence.
Parking lots are typically considered part of the workplace. As such, the employer is responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace. Always check with your local jurisdiction responsible for occupational health and safety for specific requirements that may apply.
Organizations should conduct a risk assessment to determine the hazards present where and when staff park their vehicles, or areas that they may use to access the parking lot.
When developing procedures for parking lot safety, consider the tips below as well as:
Individuals should 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.