In response to COVID-19, SHUR has enacted these safety measures:
- We provide all volunteers with N-95 masks and gloves
- All volunteer sites have access to hand sanitizing or hand washing stations
- Volunteer work stations are separated by at least 6 feet apart, support social distancing, where possible
- We work to minimize the size of the volunteer crew in the home to reduce exposure
- We insist that you DO NOT volunteer if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The following link includes a self-check guide and further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- We will not work in the homes of clients who do not meet the same criteria as listed above
- We follow protocols to limit volunteer contact with clients who are in high risk categories
For further information, please contact our volunteer coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
In connection with my volunteer work with SHUR, I hereby acknowledge and agree to abide by the safety precautions outlined below:
- Comply with SHUR’s COVID-19 policies listed above.
- Ask your site supervisor where the first aid kit is located.
- If you have an accident or injury, report it immediately to your site supervisor.
- Stay hydrated and take breaks as needed.
- Make sure to eat your lunch. You need your energy!
- Make sure you are properly trained on the tools you are using. If you are not sure about how to use a tool or have a question, ask your site supervisor.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are swinging a tool, make sure there is no one within hitting distance.
- Please clean up after yourself and others. The work site should always be clear of debris. Additionally, the last 30 minutes of each work day is dedicated clean-up time.
- When using utility knives, saws and other sharp objects, cut away from yourself and others.
- Remember ladder and bench safety: the ladder or bench should be in a locked position on stable ground. For added protection, have a spotter on the ground next to you.
- When lifting heavy objects, use your legs and keep your back straight. Back injuries are common and hard to fix.
- Know your limits! If you are not comfortable doing something, talk to your site supervisor. They are happy to assist you or give you a new task.
- If there is a medical emergency call 911. Make sure you know the address of your site’s location.
Clothing Requirements and Recommendations for Safety and Modesty
- Footwear: Closed toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip flops, and open toe shoes are not allowed. We prefer that volunteers wear boots, but athletic shoes will also be allowed in most situations. Smooth-leather-soled shoes are not allowed as these can be a slip hazard in wet conditions.
- Socks: Please wear socks with work shoes to better protect against debris and to minimize blisters.
- Pants: Long pants are highly recommended. Shorts, jeans with holes, and leggings can cause injuries. Please use caution.
- Shirts: Short-sleeve T-shirts are allowed in most situations; however, in some situations, long-sleeved shirts will be required for safety reasons (such as working with mold remediation, applying fungicide, installing insulation, applying drywall texture, etc.). Tank tops are not allowed.
- Hair/Jewelry: Hair ties to secure long hair are required. Do not wear loose jewelry as these items can increase the chance of injury as well as damage to the jewelry.