Safety Spotlight: Greater Cleveland HFH

Safety Spotlight: Greater Cleveland HFH
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Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

John Habat, Executive Director (bottom left) and Rob Grimm, Director of Operations (bottom right), don their hard hats with some of Greater Cleveland HFH’s volunteer team members. They believe that implementing and maintaining a safe environment for staff and volunteers starts at the top.

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity began their journey to improve their safety position in mid-2012. They formed a safety committee of staff and volunteers, and set to work evaluating their operations.

Don Hartle, Safety Specialist with HFHI, was called in to conduct a Competent Person training in December 2012 when they realized they hadn’t made the progress that they thought they had and didn’t have quite the handle they thought they did—there was still work to be done! The Competent Person training provided a great opportunity for key volunteers and staff to understand a “big picture” outlook on safety and get training from someone not immersed in the day-to-day operations of their affiliate. The training taught and reinforced key safety elements that they needed to apply to their work.

In 2013, as part of the Safety Award Program criteria, they completed and distributed a brand new safety plan, led by long time volunteer Victor Smole. They also completed numerous online training courses. during the year

Rob Grimm, Director of Operations said, “Now we’re in a much better place than before. Instead of seeing people doing things their own way, I see people wearing the proper attire and PPE, and actively practicing safety as they work.”

Cleveland is up for the challenge of the 2014 Safety Award Program and will be hosTing another Competent Training session at their affiliate in September, which will be open to all affiliates in Ohio.

Congratulations to everyone at Greater Cleveland Habitat—job well done!


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Online Training Course Instructions

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Recommended Courses

  • You are Exposed: General Affiliate Safety
  • Fall Safety
  • ReStore Safety & Loss Control
  • Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity Job Site

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  • The Safety Courses catalog screen offers a diverse selection of safety courses, including four Habitat-specific courses. Course completion time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Click the name of the course you wish to take. The course loads and starts automatically. When the presentation has ended you will be prompted to take a Quiz.
  • Upon completion of the Quiz, you’ll be given your accuracy score, indicating Pass or Fail.
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  • If you Pass, you will be directed to a course completion screen. On this screen enter your First Name and Last Name in the appropriate fields. In the Location field enter the Habitat affiliate name you are working with.
  • Course completion information is provided to HFHI, the program administrator and program underwriter.