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Safety and Health

Guides for Forest Service Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators

Volunteers perform a variety of valuable services on our national forests. Volunteer coordinators provide direction and define expectations that are reflected in the attitudes and performance of volunteers. The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) developed two guides to help volunteers and coordinators better understand their roles in creating a safe work environment.

"Welcome to the Forest Service: A Guide for Volunteers" (0967-2813P-MTDC) gives volunteers a brief history of the Forest Service, an overview of the volunteer program, and information on how to work safely and productively.

"Volunteers in the Forest Service: A Coordinator's Desk Guide" (0967-2814-MTDC) provides coordinators with examples of successful work practices used by experienced volunteer coordinators and summaries of the latest Forest Service regulations.

For additional information on the guides for volunteers, contact Lisa Outka-Perkins, project leader (phone: 406-329-3849, email:

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Outer Garments That Keep You Safe

Forest Service construction and maintenance crews, survey crews, utility crews, emergency responders, and law enforcement personnel all have to work in the highway right-of-way.

A new Federal regulation (23 CFR Part 634) requires persons working in the right-of-way of interstates and U.S. highways to wear high-visibility outer garments. To meet the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, Class 2 garments must have:

Every Forest Service vehicle should carry at least two safety-compliant vests. High-visibility outer garments are not available through the National Interagency Support Caches at this time, but can be ordered from the General Services Administration (GSA) Advantage Web page at

The tech tip "Be Seen: High-Visibility Outer Garment Required When Working in Highway Rights-of-Way" (0967-2311P-MTDC) includes a link to sources of safety-compliant vests and explains how to implement the new Federal regulation and the Federal Highway Administration Interim Final Rule. Exceptions are allowed for law enforcement officers working covertly and for wildland firefighters exposed to flame, high heat, or hazardous materials. Information on how the rule affects wildland firefighters is available at

For additional information on high-visibility outer garments, contact Dennis Davis, project leader (phone: 406-329-3929, email:

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