Volunteer Safety Protocol

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Safety and Security

The safety of our volunteers is very important. We expect all Great Peninsula Conservancy employees and volunteers to be safety-conscious, follow safety rules, and to immediately alert management of any conditions in the workplace that are believed to be unsafe or unhealthy. Safety training will be conducted before beginning any project with Great Peninsula Conservancy. If a person feels unsafe at any time, they should discontinue their project and seek a safer alternative.

Tool Training

Upon arrival to the event, the GPC Event Leader will direct volunteers in the best practices for safe tool handling.

Large Power Tools

It is GPC’s policy that volunteers will not use large power tools during GPC events.

Personal Protective Equipment

GPC provides work gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection and helmets as necessary. Gloves, long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended for the majority of the invasive plant removal and tree planting activities. However, additional PPE is recommended for if you are working around power tools

First Aid

Every Event Leader is equipped with a first aid kit and trained in basic first aid. In the event of an incident, please report to the event leader.

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

It is the policy and commitment of Great Peninsula Conservancy to not discriminate based on race, color, sex and/or gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, religion, and/or familial status in admission of its volunteers or its programs and services. All volunteers and employees are accountable to this notion and failure to comply with this policy may result in termination from the program.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Great Peninsula Conservancy is firmly committed to providing its employees and volunteers with a safe and productive workplace, while promoting high standards of health and safety. Using or being under the influence of illegal substances of any kind, impairing an employee’s/volunteer’s ability to do their job; drugs, prescribed drugs or alcohol on the job can pose serious safety and health risks not only for the user but also for fellow workers and the public. The possession, use or sale of an illegal drug can also pose unacceptable risks to safe, healthful and efficient operations. Off the job illegal drug activity or alcohol abuse that could have an adverse effect on the employee’s/volunteer’s job performance, or that could jeopardize the safety of other employees/volunteers, the public, Great Peninsula Conservancy’s equipment, or Great Peninsula Conservancy’s relations with the public will not be tolerated. Accordingly, violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the work site.

Dispute Resolution

If a problem should arise among volunteers, the parties involved are expected to first communicate directly with one another in a respectful attempt to reach a mutual understanding. If a reasonable resolution cannot be reached, a volunteer can request mediation from the Volunteer Coordinator and then if necessary, the Executive Director.

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