Winter Safety Tips for Volunteers

Winter Safety Tips for VolunteersHow to keep your volunteer team safe throughout winter.  

Ensuring the safety of your volunteer’s is likely to be one of the top concerns for your nonprofit organization as the winter approaches. The cooler temperatures and adverse weather conditions create potential hazards for all organizations. To ensure your nonprofit is not negatively impacted by the challenges of maintaining volunteers in winter, keep in mind these seasonal safety tips.

Dress Code

Due to the 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. It may also mean ensuring volunteers have the right equipment, tools, and gear to perform their duties under challenging weather conditions.

Inclement Weather

Sometimes, no matter how much we prepare for it, snow and ice can force our doors to shut temporarily. Ensure your organization identifies the procedure volunteers should follow, including the point of contact as well as how volunteers will be notified if the organization is closed due to inclement weather.

Report Incidents

It goes with the territory. Winter can bring more workplace accidents to your door. 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.

Establish the Organization’s Needs

During the winter months, it’s common for your nonprofit’s volunteer needs for change. More seasonal duties may become available, and the number of volunteers during the festive months can fluctuate significantly. It’s important your nonprofit identifies organizational needs, age requirements, availability of positions as well as the time commitments of volunteers. This will help you to keep track of who is helping your organization and when.

As a nonprofit, it is important to ensure the safety of your volunteers throughout winter and beyond. 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.