CONSTRUCTION SAFETY POLICY
Safety should be the primary focus of everyone who participates on a Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County construction site. Every person involved in our work is to be made aware that safety is priority number one. Everyone must be urged to be conscious of the safety of others, as well as themselves. As safety is founded on understanding, ability, and attentiveness to potential hazard, all supervisors are instructed to review safety policy and procedures before construction begins. Habitat work crews often have a high proportion of inexperienced people and therefore supervisors are asked to instruct workers about the proper way to perform each task in a safe manner.
(We abide by OSHA guidelines. Volunteers must be 18 or older to be on the Construction Crew. No one under the age of 16 will be permitted on a building site while work is being done. No one under 18 will be allowed to use any power equipment, work on a ladder, roof, or scaffolding, or participate in any hazardous activity.)
Proper Safety Equipment:
- Proper clothing is essential to safety. Wear clothing and gloves that are appropriate for the work and weather conditions. Loose clothing is dangerous around power equipment.
- Workers should wear boots or thick soled shoes at all times on the construction site. Sandals or other inappropriate footwear will not be permitted.
- Hard hats should be available and worn when overhead dangers are present.
- Protective eyewear should be available and be required to be worn when operating power equipment or other situations where objects may be thrown through the air.
- Dust masks should be available and be worn when installing insulation or in other dusty situations.
- Ear plugs should be available and be required to be worn in noisy situations.