Personal safety outside work
We want you to stay safe on the way to and from work, and at home, as well as when you’re working.
If a situation might turn difficult, use the SAFER steps to decide the best response.
- Look at what is going on and think about the best response.
- Assess the situation and the dangers.
- Decide what help is needed and how to call for it.
- Remember, if you invade someone’s personal space or block their exit, they’re more likely to fight.
- By taking a few seconds to think through the options, you’ll choose the best response.
- Your safety is more important than your phone, your wallet or any other valuables.
- Plan your travel in advance to stay safe. If you meet before your shift, make it somewhere well-lit and safe. Know how you’re going to get home, and avoid walking through dark isolated places. Consider car-sharing: if you can travel with a mate, you’re not only saving fuel and helping the environment, you’ll both be safer. And it’ll be easier to find parking, too!
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Talking on the phone or wearing headphones make you less aware and more vulnerable.
- Trust your instincts – if you feel uneasy, move to a safer place.