When you overlook dangerous situations, you put both people and your organization’s mission at risk.
You might think, “I’m just a volunteer. It’s not my job to raise safety issues,” but it is! Everyone is responsible for safety, not just the people in charge. When you see something unsafe, say something.
The safety mindset means you take time to learn about safety, and you watch for dangerous situations around you. You keep everyone’s safety in mind as you do your work.
The FACTS: What you need to KNOW
THE ACTIONS: What you need to DO
Take a few moments and make a step-by-step plan of the safest way to accomplish each task.
For each task on your list, ask yourself, “Do I feel safe and confident about doing this task?” If you answer no, stop and ask a supervisor for training or a safety review.
Find out what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is best for each task. Confirm that you have the right PPE to keep you safe, and that it fits and is in good condition. If you don’t have the PPE, don’t start the task.
Talk to other volunteers about how you will keep each other safe. Go over hand signals and phrases for starting and stopping, like “All clear?” Then make sure you listen and watch to keep everyone safe.
Volunteer Safety Videos are under development and will be available in 2023.