Improving Worker Safety at ReStores and Jobsites

Improving Worker Safety at ReStores and Jobsites
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Ensure your employees and volunteers stay safe and healthy by implementing these tips in stores and on job sites.

Improving Worker Safety at ReStores

  • Clean up any spills and wet spots right away, and place wet floor signs around wet spots until the floor is completely dry.
  • Keep surfaces clean and sanitized to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Have safety plans in place for emergency situations, like fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados, ice storms, active shooters and more.
  • Require proper footwear from employees and volunteers.
  • Review proper lifting procedures regularly. Ask for help if an item is too heavy to lift alone.
  • Report all workplace incidents to supervisors or human resources.
  • Regularly stock first-aid kits.

Improving Worker Safety Jobsites

All residential construction must follow the OSHA regulations, including Habitat for Humanity builds. You can browse resources from OSHA here.

  • Require all volunteers to complete the online safety course before joining on site.
  • Ensure volunteer waivers are signed and collected.
  • Hire employees that are good at providing instruction and supervision.
  • Always ask volunteers if they are comfortable with the tasks asked of them.
  • Encourage questions from volunteers.
  • Review power tool safety
  • Provide proper safety equipment, including goggles, gloves, masks and hardhats.
  • Cancel job builds when dangerous weather is forecasted.
  • Share proper ladder use methods.
  • Provide plenty of opportunities for water and rest breaks.
  • Encourage volunteers and employees to report any dangerous situation and all injuries, however minor, to the site manager.


Protecting Your Affiliate

With these tips you can help reduce volunteer and employee injuries. However, it is still important to have the proper insurance policies in place.

Protect your affiliate from the cost of claims of employee and volunteer injuries with coverage from Lockton Affinity’s Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Insurance Program.

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Online Training Course Instructions

Read this entirely before proceeding to a training course.

Access Code: W8NAEBTG

Recommended Courses

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

Take Training Course Now
  • After reading these instructions in their entirety, click on Take Training Course Now.
  • In the Employee Access Code box enter: W8NAEBTG and press Submit. This is the code for all Habitat affiliates and volunteers to use.
  • 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.
  • If you Fail, you may log in again and re-take the course at a later time
  • 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.