Safety Guidelines for Volunteers

How to keep your volunteer team safe.  


Ensuring the safety of your volunteer’s is likely to be one of the top concerns for your nonprofit organization throughout the year. To ensure your nonprofit is not negatively impacted by the challenges of maintaining volunteers, keep in mind these safety tips.


Dress Code

Depending on the work being completed, there are some items of clothing that increase the risk of injury, such as open-toe shoes or flip flops. In cold weather, it may be necessary to remind your team about the essentials of proper clothing. This means dressing in layers with thermals and weather-proof jackets, when necessary.



Smoking rules should be clearly signposted by the organization around the workplace. Smoking should never be allowed indoors and precautions should be made to avoid the risk of burning others or causing fires.


Work Injuries

It goes with the territory. It’s essential that your organization properly trains volunteers on policies and procedures about how to handle hazards, how to report incidents, and what to do in an emergency.


Volunteer Vehicle Use Policy

A vehicle use policy presents a guide for what actions are acceptable and safe when operating a vehicle. If your organization doesn’t have commercial auto insurance in hand, not even the employees should be using the nonprofit’s vehicles.


As a nonprofit, it is important to ensure the safety of your volunteers. Ensure you have the right protection in place for the livelihood of your organization and volunteers. Contact the experts at Colorado Nonprofit Insurance Agency, part of HUB International in Denver, Colorado at 303-894-0298. Make sure that your nonprofit is properly covered. We will work with you to ensure you have optimum coverage in place.