Build Site Guidelines

Habitat Build Site Safety Guidelines

When you join Habitat for a day on the build site, you join in the mission of building foundations for generations to come. Our volunteers do everything from raising the walls to planting the flowers; we couldn’t do what we do without you. No experience is necessary and everything will be provided to you (tools, materials, training, etc.). We want all participants to be safe and productive while enjoying the build experience. The construction site is a potentially dangerous environment at all times, so please commit your full concentration with each task assigned to you. We believe that every participant at a Habitat build has a responsibility to keep the site safe for themselves and others. Come prepared to be safe, have fun, and leave pleasantly tired!

Basic Volunteer Guidelines

  • Release form: All participants must review and submit HFHMCO’s release form prior to event/build.
  • Age Requirement: Participants must be at least 16 years-old.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Habitat provides all necessary materials for safety.
  • Weather: Habitat builds rain or shine; the superintendent will determine if site cancellation is necessary.
  • Clothing: Closed-toe shoes are required on-site; please dress weather appropriate.
  • Safety Briefing: All participants must attend the safety briefing at the start of each event/shift.

Volunteer Schedule and Sign-in

  • Street parking is available on surrounding streets-please do not park directly in front of the build site.
  • Please arrive at the build site on time to ensure all daily tasks are completed.
  • Volunteer shifts run 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Upon arriving at the site, please locate the sign-in table.
  • One release form per volunteer per year is required; additional release forms available on-site.

General Safety Guidelines

  • A Habitat Site Superintendent or designated representative will be on site at all times.
  • First aid kits are maintained and are available on each site.
  • If unsafe situations arise, please notify Site Superintendent immediately.
  • All accidents must be reported to the Site Superintendent.


  • Job specific training for participants is provided on-site by a Site Superintendent.
  • Habitat staff is trained for site specific hazards, first aid, and proper use of equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Habitat staff or a designated representative will provide information about proper use of PPE.
  • Habitat staff and build site participants must wear PPE on-site.
  • Safety glasses are required when power tools are in use on-site.
  • Hard hats are required when overhead work is being performed.
  • Gloves are required when using knives or handling particular materials.

Ladders and scaffolding

  • Participants will be trained in ladder and scaffolding usage by a Site Superintendent.
  • Equipment and firm footing placement will be inspected by a Site Superintendent.
  • Set-up of scaffolding will be supervised by a Habitat staff member or Site Superintendent.
  • When possible, scaffolding will be tied off to build and will be level, plumb, and strong.
  • Complete guardrail and wallboard systems will be used to provide safe work surfaces.

Fall Protection

  • Participants are expected to follow Habitat’s fall protection plan when working above 6 feet.
  • During second story construction and around holes, complete guardrail systems are required.
  • Participants are to follow Habitat’s Safe Practices while using extension ladders.
  • Participants will be instructed on how to use HFHMCO’s 3 point contact system.
  • During single story roof construction, participants must use Fall Arrest Harnesses. and Toe Boards while working overhead. (ex. trusses, roofing, and decking)

Feel free to print off our Volunteer Build Site Guidelines. For volunteer information and/or questions, contact the Habitat office: Executive Director or call 937-332-3763