Workplace Health & Safety
In every community where we do business, we’re committed to the safety of our guests and team members.
In support of our commitment to keeping our team and guests safe, Target prioritizes the prevention of guest and team member incidents, injuries and illnesses, and compliance with all relevant safety and health standards and regulations.
For over 25 years, we have connected with public and nonprofit agencies to build relationships and promote efforts that enhance neighborhood safety. Our commitment to creating strong, healthy and safe communities is alive today because of the dedication our team members have to their communities.
Whether our teams are volunteering their time at neighborhood events or connecting local organizations with communities through programs, we are focused on helping our cities make strides toward a higher standard of safety.
Secure, inside and out
At Target, we believe the first step to building safer neighborhoods begins in our stores. From developing partnerships to utilizing technology and strategic store designs, we take a multi-layered approach to security that helps us be better neighbors to our communities.
We expect our team members, contractors and others under our supervision to follow laws, safety procedures and relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, as well as advocate for the safety of all team members. Our Safety Policy includes guidance on our safety requirements, as well as our Team Member Illness Policy which sets expectations for handling illness in the workplace as determined by state and local policies. We provide extensive team member training related to health and safety practices and procedures, and training for leaders who oversee the safety of our team members.
As part of this approach, we created a “safe and secure toolbox” that utilizes innovative tactics and store design elements to mitigate crime and protect our guests and team members. These tactics include:
- Strategic parking lot lighting and landscaping that deter crime by increasing visibility.
- A no solicitation policy to provide guests with a distraction-free shopping environment.
- Dedicated assets protection team members in every store.
- Time and resource investment in de-escalation training.
Law enforcement assistance requests
Target has created a secure site that allows criminal justice agencies to request specific support. Using your government agency email address, please request access by emailing email@example.com.
Our position on firearms in stores
While we continue to follow local laws regarding open carry policies, we also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it’s permitted. Your cooperation helps us fulfill our goal to create an atmosphere of family-friendly shopping that’s safe and inviting for our guests and team members.
Building strong, safe communities
We strive to be an active part of our communities and are always looking for ways to make the neighborhoods where we do business safer for our guests and team members. Through our collaborative partnerships, we are able to provide our company's skills and resources to help create effective solutions, civic engagement and ongoing training across our teams.
Public safety partnerships and events
Target stores regularly participate in or support public safety events that drive positive community interactions. These events include fun runs, car seat installations, block parties and our annual holiday charity event, Heroes & Helpers. Public safety partners can visit their local Target store to learn about partnership opportunities or request support for a specific event.
Health and safety
We take steps to support the health and safety of our guests and team members in response to public health issues, including COVID-19. We base our approach on guidance from experts in order to ensure a safe and convenient shopping experience.
Good to know
- Target provided more than $8 million to support communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises in 2022.
- Target has invested more than $1 billion in the health and safety of our team members and communities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than $15 million to global, national and local community response and vaccine equity.