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Safety Tips for Working After Hours

Working late is sometimes unavoidable, but you can take steps to avoid running into danger after hours. Follow these basic safety practices before you stay late, while you work, and when you leave.

Before Working Late

  • Let a friend, family member, or coworker know that you are staying after hours. Be sure to let someone know how late you plan to stay.
  • Inform a security officer that you are working after hours.
  • Use the ‘buddy system,’ and coordinate plans with a coworker to work after hours together.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area close to your building’s exit.
  • Make sure you have safety essentials on hand, such as a flashlight, batteries, and a first aid kit.
  • Know the emergency plan for your workplace. If your company does not have one, suggest making one.
  • Know where all of your building’s exits are.

While Working After Hours

  • Never reveal to a stranger that you are working alone. If you suspect someone is lurking about, immediately alert a security officer.
  • Have your phone with you at all times. Avoid walking alone through the building.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Report any flickering lights, broken locks, etc.

When Leaving Work After Hours

  • Close and lock your office door in accordance with company policy.
  • Try to leave at the same time as someone else.
  • Ask a security officer to escort you to your vehicle, if this service is available at your workplace.
  • If you stay after hours and are responsible for locking up the building when you leave, confirm that no one is left in the building, and check that all doors and windows are closed and locked per company policy.
  • Check inside and around your vehicle before entering, and immediately lock the doors after getting in your car.
  • Tell someone that you are on your way home.

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