All participants should wear work boots or sturdy tennis shoes while at worksites. (We prefer work boots.) Sandals, clogs and open-toe shoes are not permitted.

All participants are required to wear safety eye goggles while scraping paint and painting. Paint in your eyes, especially if you wear contacts, is very painful. To avoid dust, mini-cup facemasks should be worn in an attempt to avoid possible problems.

Workcampers are permitted to use power washers and drills but not power saws. Only designated “trouble shooters” or experienced adults are permitted to use power saws.

HEART Workcamp does not do roof repair. At no time should a Workcamp participant be up on a roof. The only exception is if a person must lie on the roof to paint the trim of a house.

All Workcamp participants should wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water while at their worksite.

Ladder safety is very important, one worker should hold the ladder for the person who is climbing up and down. Make sure the ladder you are working on is secure. Ladders can easily fall backwards. For additional ladder safety information please see the Ladder Safety Insert. Ladder safety rules will also be covered at orientation.

While driving to your site participants must wear seat belts at all times. No one should be allowed to sit on the floor or be without a seat belt.

Before you begin work each day, inspect your work area for hazardous working conditions and be aware of broken glass, protruding nails, low electrical lines, insect nests, etc. Clean up problem areas!

Only adults listed by their churches as “designated drivers” should drive to and from worksites, unless the owner of a vehicle grants permission. Teenagers should never drive at the Workcamps.

One of the many goals of Catholic HEART Workcamp is to improve conditions in low-income communities. In the unlikely event, a team feels threatened because of a resident’s behavior or neighborhood activity, bring the situation to the camp manager’s attention and an evaluation will be made on whether or not the team should continue to work at this site. If a team member should see any kind of dangerous weapon (firearms, knives, tasers, pepper spray, etc.) The adult leader should immediately contact the camp manager. The team will be moved immediately if CHWC feels they are in any kind of danger.

A nurse will be available at each camp, morning, afternoon and evening, for anyone with medical questions and concerns or who needs assistance. Each team will be provided with a first-aid kit.