Clean team members may work alone at night.
So special precautions must be taken against unwanted visitors.
We need to pay attention to the surroundings, think situational awareness. Janitorial work can become routine and our attention may wander. We must keep alert and aware of what is going on around you; situational awareness. At all times work in a well-lit area. Make sure security lighting is functioning properly, and if it is not report it to your supervisor. Obtain a flashlight if it would be useful. Know where co-workers are working. Know where to get help if you need it. To communicate with co-workers, custodians can use their cell phone; maybe a good idea for a company to provide a low cost phone. Just the sight of the phone may be a deterrent to unwanted visitors. Get help with heavy or awkward objects. Don’t try to do a job by yourself if it requires two people to do it safely. Work inside at night and make sure entrances are secured. Check doors to make sure they are locked from the inside when cleaning interiors. Make sure you can promptly exit the room in an emergency. Use good judgment. You are not a police officer or security guard. Never approach unwanted visitors. Don’t hesitate to call 911 for help.