Note: due to there being heavy machinery operated during the makeover, unfortunately no person under the age of 12 may volunteer unless permission has been granted in special cases by the NEWKIDZ management team via a letter of motivation from the guardians of the children.
PLEASE READ: STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE – SAFETY ON SITE
As most of our volunteers do not have much construction experience safety should be a concern for everyone on site. By observation the following guidelines for safe construction practices we can help ensure the safety of everyone on site.
KEEP AN ATTITUDE OF SAFETY
Think before you do your work and concentrate on your task! Consider the risks to yourself and to those around you before you act. Know your limits and do not push yourself too hard. If anything looks unsafe to you please report it to your team leader. If you are uncertain about how to do anything, do not hesitate to ask.
DRESS WITH SAFETY IN MIND
Clothes should fit comfortably but should not be too baggy. All volunteers must wear closed shoes at the work site.
SURVEY BEFORE WORKING
Before working in an area, survey the space around you. Look around your feet and overhead for obstacles and potential hazards. Organize the workplace within your reach. Be especially careful when carrying long objects such as planks so that you do not hit anyone by mistake. Ask for assistance. Watch out for openings, edges and slippery spots.
MAINTAIN GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Poor housekeeping can lead to a variety of accidents that could otherwise have been avoided. A clean work site should be maintained during the day and a general clean up conducted at the end of the day. Dedicate areas for rubbish and rubble piles (usually at the front of the property). Keep the inside and the outside of the building free from broken pieces of wood or blocks. Bend down or remove nails protruding from wood pieces. Watch out for tools – set tools aside in a safe spot. Tools should not be placed on surfaces above people’s heads such as on top of a wall or ladder.
EXERCISE CAUTION ON ROOFS AND LADDERS
When using a ladder, have somebody hold it steady. Ladders should be properly stabilized. Only one person should be on a ladder at any one time. When working on the roof move slowly and carefully. Be careful with tools, tiles and other objects so that they don’t fall off.
LIFTING AND CARRYING
When lifting, stand close to the load, bend your knees, grasp firmly and then lift by straightening your legs. Keep your body vertical. Get help with heavy or long loads and don’t lift beyond your strength.
Ensure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. The water on many sites is safe to drink. If you feel dizzy or tired find a quiet shady spot to rest. If you do want to bring water, please mark your bottle with your name.
Alcohol use is not permitted on site.
Please smoke in designated areas
Ensure that your name tag is visible at all times.
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