Volunteers may lack protection under the ‘umbrella’ of workplace agreements, but they do have rights. The reinforcement of these rights is either through the organisation’s moral obligation or the law.
The law aims to protect volunteer rights and create a favourable environment to encourage more people to join. The law covers volunteers from liability claims that could arise due to good faith actions. It likewise covers sensitive areas, such as confidentiality and privacy, workplace health and safety, and discrimination.
If you want a career in SAF, there is nothing you should worry about thanks to the following:
Work Health and Safety
It is the responsibility of every volunteer to know what their responsibilities are. Workplaces differ and so do their health and safety requirements.
When volunteering, a volunteer should observe the work health and safety rules to avoid harm to self or others at work. Organisations, on the other hand, should implement a risk management plan in case of a risky event. Its managers and supervisors should guide volunteers on how to carry out their tasks while observing maximum safety at work.
Anti-discrimination laws protect an individual against unfair treatment while volunteering. All volunteers are equal as far as working opportunities are concerned. Nobody should alienate a volunteer because of their race, religion, and other reasons.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Volunteering has a rewarding outcome for all that participate. Volunteers have the right to confidentiality from fellow colleagues and staff to prevent information leak. This is for them to build trust and mutual respect, as well.
Before volunteering, it is best that you consider the kind of policies your chosen organisation has. Some offer training, reimbursement of expenses, job descriptions and insurance in case of injury, disability, or death while volunteering. Contribute and ensure security and peace in Singapore.