Volunteer Safety Rules

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  1. All volunteers must complete the required Volunteer Safety Certification prior to any project.
  2. Do not begin work until a job specific safety meeting has taken place. At a minimum, this meeting should discuss the type of work to be performed and any safety measures needed to perform the work in a safe manner.
  3. All volunteers are expected to participate in all safety training and follow all safety rules as directed by the volunteer organization.
  4. Hard hats and safety glasses must be worn at all times on all job sites.
  5. Do not wear loose fitting clothing on the day you will be working.
  6. Limit the amount of jewelry you wear, especially necklaces, bracelets, etc.
  7. A rubber-soled shoe/boot should be worn.
  8. Report all unsafe working conditions such as trip hazards or bare electrical wires to the crew leader immediately.
  9. Defective tools or equipment shall be reported to the crew leader immediately. Do not use them.
  10. Tools should only be used for the purpose for which they are designed.
  11. Inspect your walking/working surfaces closely for safety hazards such as:
    • Debris and clutter such as scrap wood, trash, tools etc.
    • Protruding nails
    • Slippery or wet surfaces
    • Tool and extension cords
    • Uneven surfaces
    • Unguarded steps
  12. Inspect all ladders for cracks, bends, or any visible damage prior to use.
  13. Ensure that all ladder rungs are clean, dry and free of substances such as oil, mud or water which could cause a slip.
  14. Any volunteer asked to work 6 feet or more from a lower level must be protected from a fall by a personal fall arrest system or a guardrail system.
  15. Do not operate equipment that is not properly equipped with guarding of exposed moving parts.
  16. Exercise caution and use common sense while lifting heavy or cumbersome objects such as tools and building materials.
  17. While lifting, use your legs as much as possible, carry loads as close to your body as possible and avoid twisting with the load. Shifting your feet is much safer than twisting with the load in hand.
  18. Test all objects by lifting a corner prior to beginning the lift and do not be afraid to ask for help if the object feels too heavy.
  19. Work within your skill level. Do not attempt to perform any task that you do not feel comfortable or safe performing.
  20. It is perfectly okay to say “No” or “I do not feel comfortable doing that.”


KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.