COVID Construction Guidelines

Published Friday, May 22, 2020


Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is committed to the safety of our volunteers. The seriousness of coronavirus (COVID-19) is prompting us to take immediate steps that balance the demands of our mission while limiting the risk and helping ensure everyone’s continued safety. This COVID-19 Construction Guideline is based on currently available information from the CDC and OSHA and is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other public officials.

Should you choose to volunteer at a Habitat work site, we ask you to acknowledge and abide by the following Covid-19 Construction Guidelines.

Our Commitment 

  • Upon arrival at a work site, a pre-registered volunteer will be asked a series of questions and asked to acknowledge the COVID-19 High Risk Categories (please refer to “Volunteer COVID-19 Questions & High Risk Categories”).

  • Habitat has instituted the following protective measures at all work sites to insure a safe work environment.

    • Habitat will limit the number of volunteers on a work site. ALL volunteers MUST pre-register on Volunteer Hub and will receive a confirmation and reminder email. If a volunteer does not pre-register, they will not be able to remain at the work site.

    • Habitat will take volunteer’s temperature upon arrival at the work site and restrict access based on a temperature reading above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. We also request volunteers take their own temperatures prior to coming to the work site. Any volunteer showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the work site and return home.

    • Habitat understands that due to the nature of our work, access to running water for handwashing may be impracticable. Habitat will provide handwashing stations whenever possible. However, in the absence of running water, Habitat will provide, if available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and/or wipes.

    • Safety talks will continue to take place before any work begins at a work site. During the in-person safety talk, volunteers must remain at least six (6) feet apart.

    • Habitat has instituted regular housekeeping practices, which includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently used tools and equipment, and other elements of the work environment, where possible (including work trailers, portable toilets, and trash collection). To the extent tools must be shared, Habitat will provide alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use. Volunteer will be given a tool belt/apron and task-appropriate tools to use during their shift. Volunteer will be required to sanitize ALL tools before use and keep their tool belt/tools with them at all times throughout the workday.

    • Habitat will provide the following Personal Protective Equipment: Face coverings, gloves, hard hats (if required). A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or other type of material that covers a person’s nose and mouth.

    • Bins/bags for used safety goggles and gloves will be provided and collected for sanitization at the end of each workday.

  • Habitat will inform volunteers if another volunteer they worked with at a work site has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Habitat will not disclose the name of the diagnosed volunteer.

  • Volunteers at a work site will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches to reduce the size of any group at any one time. Group/Buffet-style lunches will not be permitted.

  • External vendors and visitors will only be permitted on a work site if they meet health and safety standards and the visit has been pre-arranged and scheduled with a site supervisor.

Your Commitment


  • Volunteer will sign up for a volunteer shift/event on Volunteer Hub. Entry at a work site will not be permitted unless volunteer has pre-registered.

  • Volunteers will not report to a work site if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well the day of their volunteer shift. Volunteer will notify the site supervisor if they need to cancel.

  • Volunteer will notify the Habitat site supervisor if they are not feeling well during a volunteer shift and will agree to leave the work site.

  • Volunteer agrees to answer COVID-19 screening questions, acknowledge the High-Risk categories (please refer to “Volunteer COVID-19 Questions and High-Risk Categories”), and have their temperature taken prior to the start of work each day.

  • Volunteer will practice the following universal control precautions:

    • Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds. If running water is not available at a work site, volunteer will use the provided alcohol-based hand sanitizers and/or wipes. Volunteers should consider bringing their own alcohol-based hand sanitizer and using it often throughout the workday.

    • Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.

    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Although task-appropriate tools are provided at a work site, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own personal tools to the work site and agree to sanitize all tools at the work site prior to use (whether Habitat provided or personal tools) and at the end of each day. All personal tools should be labeled and not shared with others. Volunteer always agrees to wear their tool belt/apron and keep tools with them throughout the workday.

  • Although face coverings and gloves will be provided at a work site, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own face coverings and gloves. Face coverings must always be worn. Task-specific gloves must always be worn.

  • Volunteers will bring their own, labeled water bottles/beverages to the work site. Volunteer agrees not to share beverages with others at work site.

  • Volunteer will bring their own snacks and “brown-bagged” lunch to work site. Volunteer agrees to not share food with others at work site and agrees they will not congregate during breaks and lunch.

  • Volunteers will allow extra time for screening (see above) when they arrive at a work site.

  • Volunteers acknowledge that shifts or volunteer opportunities may be cancelled or postponed.

  • Volunteers agree to ask questions and to not take part if they are uncomfortable with the level of risk.

  • Volunteer agrees to regularly refer to the CDC’s website for information and updates on COVID-19.

  • Volunteer acknowledges they understand the risks involved in volunteering with Habitat.

  • Volunteers understand that Habitat is not responsible for potential exposure to COVID-19, which is not a direct result of negligence on the part of their employees, volunteers, or the organization. 

  • Volunteer acknowledges if they are within a HIGH-RISK Category, as defined by the CDC above, you fully understand the risks of working on this work site and that Habitat is not recommending you volunteer.

Thank you!
By implementing and following these guidelines, we can continue to work together towards our Vision,
“A world where everyone has a decent place to live”.