New Service Project Guidelines Highlight Safety
One of the most frequently asked questions that our Health and Safety Team receives concerns service projects. Specifically, which tools and jobs are appropriate for youth on a project site, and which are appropriate for adult leaders? To help shed a little light on this topic, the BSA recently published service project guidelines and age guidelines for tool use and work at elevations and excavations:
- Service Project Planning Guidelines
- Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
Both documents also can be found on the Scouting Safely site. (We recommend that council’s use the “Scouting Safely” link on their sites rather than hosting either of the links above.)
As with our revised and new merit badges that may involve the use of dangerous equipment (such as Welding Merit Badge, for example), the use of a risk-based approach is important. This calls for discussion of the risk or hazards associated with the activity, and how to prevent, mitigate, or address those risks.