Safety tip of the week

Nov 21, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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Are you prepared for threats?
When was the last time you reviewed your plan for the potential of robbery or bomb threats?
This type of violence can come at any time to any store operation dealing with the public and money transactions. Convenience stores, banks, pharmacies and jewelers are high on the list of potential targets. Some basic tips:
If you were to experience an on-site robbery:
  • Offer no physical resistance. Don’t try to be a hero. Safety must be your number one priority.
  • Follow the robber’s instructions.
  • Do not argue or attempt to stop or apprehend the robber.
  • Do not make sudden movements.
  • Advise the robber of any surprises or unexpected events that may occur.
  • Mentally note the physical description and dress of the robber(s). Do not stare or draw attention to yourself.
  • Try to retain the note (if one is used). Do not handle it any more than is necessary.
  • As soon as the robber is gone, call the Sheriff or Police Department and provide the following information: location of the crime, number of suspects, direction of flight and vehicle used, if any.
RS SafetyTV has good videos on what to do in a robbery scenario.
Here is a link to the 2018 Washington State crime report by county.
Bomb threat/Active Shooter – While not as common, you should still have it on your radar to discuss in case it could happen. Create procedures such as who to notify and how to evacuate the building for both your employees and customers.
Please review your current policy or plan and share it with your employees at your next safety meeting. You can also find additional items in SAFEME,  the RS Safety Library, and in the WAC Rulefor late night workers.
WR employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x118 or rmeans@waretailservices.com.