At Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, we take safety & our code of conduct seriously. Since our volunteers normally have a high percentage of inexperienced people, everyone must pay particular attention to safety. Try to be conscious of the safety of others as well as yourself. Be cautious at all times, ask questions, and ask for help.
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR REQUIRED VOLUNTEER SAFETY VIDEOS
2 Construction Safety Videos Required:
1 ReStore Safety Video Required
Guidelines for Volunteer Safety:
- THINK before you do your work or task.
- INSPECT all power tools, hand tools, ladders, and scaffolding on a daily basis.
- ADVISE your supervisor immediately of any unsafe or hazardous tool or condition.
- KNOW where the first-aid kit is located and how to get emergency help.
- ASK if you are uncertain about how to do a task or how to operate a power tool.
- CONCENTRATE on your task and eliminate distractions.
- CONTACT any Habitat construction staff member in the event of injury or illness.
- SAFETY GLASSES: Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity provides safety glasses for our construction crew and ramp builders. If you wear glasses, make certain that they are shatterproof. You can also get safety glasses that fit over your glasses.
- WORK SHOES: Bring a pair of sturdy work shoes or boots. These should have a thick sole and a heavy upper. These keep out nails, and protect your toes from dropped objects. These don’t need to be expensive shoes.
- UNSAFE ATTIRE: For your own safety if you arrive wearing unsafe attire you won’t be permitted on site. Sneakers are acceptable. We won’t turn you away, but sneakers may exclude you from working in certain areas.
- GLOVES: Gloves protect your hands from splinters and blisters, and also help you to grip items better. A pair with a heavy palm, leather or synthetic, they’re available at home stores for affordable prices.
- OTHER: Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for a work site. Jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts are appropriate. Remember you will get dirty. Long sleeves are a good idea as well, and they are helpful if you’re installing insulation. A hat is also a good idea year round.
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Although it is not possible to list all the forms of behavior or conduct that are considered unacceptable in the work place, the following are examples of infractions of rules of conduct that may result in the limitation and/or termination of the volunteer relationship.
- Theft or inappropriate removal or possession of Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity property.
- Falsification of timekeeping records.
- Working under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Possession, distribution, sale, transfer, or use of alcoholic or illegal drugs in the work place.
- Fighting or threatening violence in the work place.
- Boisterous or disruptive activity in the work place.
- Negligence or improper conduct leading to damage of Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity or another person’s property.
- Insubordination or other disrespectful conduct.
- Repeated failure to follow a supervisor’s reasonable request or to carry out a reasonable job assignment.
- Violation of safety or health rules.
- No Smoking in Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity buildings.
- False accusation of harassment, discrimination, or disparaging treatment by a volunteer to another or staff.
- Sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination.
- Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials, such as explosives or firearms, in the work place.
- Excessive absenteeism, tardiness or any absences without notice.
- Unauthorized or improper use of telephones, mail system, or other GCHFH-owned equipment.
- Unsatisfactory performance or conduct.
Unlawful Harassment & Discrimination: Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity is firmly committed to providing a positive work environment free of discrimination and bias. Each volunteer is personally responsible for maintaining such a work environment. Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity prohibits any actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, sexual preference, race, ethnic background, age, religion, physical condition, or other legally protected characteristic. Any conduct or action, whether overt or subtle, which creates an offensive or hostile work environment is prohibited and will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action. Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity prohibits any harassment between volunteers, employees, or other non-employee on the basis of sex. No volunteer, male or female, should be subjected to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual overtones and conduct, either verbal or physical. Misconduct applies to both males and females and includes harassment between different and same sex.
Harassment/Discrimination Investigative Procedure: Any volunteer who feels they are a victim of sexual or discriminatory harassment is encouraged to let the harasser know that their behavior is unwelcome. Additionally, volunteers who feel they have been harassed must immediately report the matter to the Executive Director.