Safety Program Overview

It is the intent of the Wimberley Valley Habitat for Humanity (WVHH) to provide a safe environment for all personnel. It is our goal to never have an injury which requires medical intervention. In order for the WVHH to achieve our safety goals, we have established a Safety Program which outlines policies and procedures for personnel safety. It is the responsibility of every person who works for WVHH to become familiar with the program and to follow all guidelines and procedures. The success of the Safety Program depends on the support and involvement of every worker. Each volunteer will be required to sign a safety release form, WVHH Safety Program Acknowledgement, and it can be printed, signed and brought to the construction site the first time a volunteer attends.  In addition, each volunteer will be required to sign a liability waiver, WVHH Release and Waiver of Liability, and it can be printed, signed and brought to the construction site the first time a volunteer attends.

No Volunteer should undertake any activity that they do not feel they can do safely.

Each person at the worksite is responsible for his/her own safety and should feel empowered to point our unsafe situations or behaviors involving themselves or others to a WVHH representative.

The WVHH Safety Program includes the following elements: Safety Communications and Training, Equipment/Tool Safety, Safe Work Procedures, Protective Equipment, and Work Site Safety Checklists.

Safety Communications and Training:

***PLEASE SEE ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE***

Copies of the WVHH Safety Program will be available on the job site for each volunteer to read before beginning work on a WVHH project. The Safety Policy is also available on the WVHH website      www.wimberleyhabitat.org for those volunteers who prefer to read it before reporting to the job site.

The release forms will include an acknowledgement that the person has read and understood the Safety Program and is aware that it is his or her personal responsibility to work safely on the WVHH worksite.

Each volunteer will be made aware of the locations of equipment/tool operating manuals and first aid kits which will be available on the worksite.

Each workday at a building site will begin with a safety meeting. At a minimum, the work leader (or someone designated by him) will describe the work activities planned for the day, with emphasis on safe work procedures and/or safety hazards associated with those activities. These safety meetings will be documented for each volunteer with a check-off on the daily sign-in sheet. Any volunteer who arrives after the safety meeting is responsible to contact the work leader for a review of items covered at the safety meeting.

Equipment/Tool Safety:

Any volunteer who uses either electric or power tools will be responsible for employing safety precautions before beginning operation of the tool.

Safe Work Procedures on the Job Site:

Volunteers are responsible for requesting guidance from the Work Leader or SSO (Site Safety Officer) on specific work procedures as needed. The SSO will audit volunteers’ use of ladders, and personal protective equipment during the work period.

In no instance should any volunteer perform any work if he or she has any reservations regarding the safety aspects of the job, or does not have access to the safety equipment recommended herein or the      ability to follow the procedures suggested in this Safety Program document.

Protective Equipment:

Volunteers are responsible for providing and using all personal protective equipment necessary to safely accomplish work activities. WVHH will make available a limited amount of safety equipment (e.g., hardhats, safety glasses) for personnel performing potentially hazardous tasks, but it is the responsibility of the worker not to perform tasks without employing the necessary safety procedures and equipment outlined in the separate Work Site Safety Checklists section.

At a minimum, WVHH recommends volunteers us the following personal protective equipment for all tasks:

·        Steel toe safety shoe.

·        Hardhat.

·        Safety glasses – provided by WVHFH.

·        Gloves – provided by WVHFH.

Please refer to the Habitat International Safety Program for more details.

***PLEASE SEE ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE***

  1. Copies of the WVHH Safety Program will be available on the job site for each volunteer to read before beginning work on a WVHH project. The Safety Policy is also available on the WVHH website      www.wimberleyhabitat.org for those volunteers who prefer to read it before reporting to the job site.
  2. The release forms will include an acknowledgement that the person has read and understood the Safety Program and is aware that it is his or her personal responsibility to work safely on the WVHH worksite. 
  3. Each volunteer will be made aware of the locations of equipment/tool operating manuals and first aid kits which will be available on the worksite.
  4. Each workday at a building site will begin with a safety meeting. At a minimum, the work leader (or someone designated by him) will describe the work activities planned for the day, with emphasis on safe work procedures and/or safety hazards associated with those activities. These safety meetings will be documented for each volunteer with a check-off on the daily sign-in sheet. Any volunteer who arriveafter the safety meeting is responsible to contact the work leader for a review of items covered at the safety meeting.

Equipment/Tool Safety:

  1. Operating manuals for any power tools or equipment to be used that work day will be available on the worksite.
  2. Any volunteer who uses either electric or power tools will be responsible for reviewing operating manuals and safety precautions before beginning operation of the tool.

Safe Work Procedures on the Job Site:

  1. When more than five volunteers are working on a jobsite, the work leader will designate at least one person (the Site Safety Observer-SSO) who will monitor work activities and advise workers on safe work procedures. The SSO will be identified throughout the work period by an orange cap or hardhat.
  2. Volunteers are responsible for requesting guidance from the Work Leader or SSO on specific work procedures as needed. The SSO will audit volunteers’ use of power tools, ladders, and personal protective equipment during the work period.
  3. In no instance should any volunteer perform any work if he or she has any reservations regarding the safety aspects of the job, or does not have access to the safety equipment recommended herein or the      ability to follow the procedures suggested in this Safety Programdocument.

Protective Equipment:

  1. Volunteers are responsible for providing and using all personal protective equipment necessary to safely accomplish work activities. WVHH will make available a limited amount of safety equipment (eg., hardhats, safety glasses) for personnel performing potentially hazardous tasks, but it is the responsibility of the worker not to perform tasks without employing the necessary safety procedures and equipment outlined in the separate Work Site Safety Checklists section.
  2. At a minimum, WVHH recommends volunteers use the following personal protective equipment for all tasks:

                    Hardhat (for tasks with overhead risks)
                    Safety glasses with side shields
                    Steel toe safety shoe
                    Gloves (for framing or lot clearing)

Please refer to the Habitat International Safety Program for more details.

More information can also be found on the  Headquarters Habitat For Humanity  web page.