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Safety Guidelines for Volunteers

By Heather Brown
June 17, 2016

Most nonprofit organizations have a safety guideline policy in place to help create and maintain a safe work and volunteer environment for their teams. These guidelines are important for all volunteers and employees to understand and follow. Guidelines that are especially important to the volunteer team at your nonprofit organization include:

1.Dress Appropriately. Depending on the work being completed, there are some items of clothing that could increase safety risk. (i.e flip flops or open toed shoes)
2.Smoking. Follow all smoking rules and bans presented by the nonprofit organization to avoid risk of burning others or causing fires.
3.Report All Work Injuries. Reporting any injuries related to work helps organization stay proactive in getting care for the injury before it gets severe and helps pinpoint areas that need reviewed for risk.
4.Follow the Volunteer Vehicle Use Policy. A vehicle use policy presents a guide for what is acceptable (safe) and what is not acceptable (unsafe) ways to operate a vehicle when using it for the organization.
5.Do Not Block Hallways. If you have a physical location, be sure to keep walkways free of objects that can be a falling hazard.
6Use Protective Gear When Necessary. Gloves, protective eyewear, and back braces should be provided to help aide volunteers in heavy lifting or even pulling weeds to prevent injuries.

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