Rhode Island Blood Center Policies

Please read through and acknowledge the policies below before accessing the application. 


DRESS CODE

  1. Dress in clean and comfortable but professional attire.
  2. Jeans are permitted but should not have rips or holes that expose skin.
  3. Perfume, cologne, after-shave lotion and other scented products should be used in moderation as some individuals may be sensitive or experience allergic reactions to fragrances.
  4. COVID-19: Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times.

SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Smoking is not permitted within 50 ft of a donor center or donor coach. This applies to e-cigarettes and/or other types of nicotine delivery smoking devices.

 

At mobile drive sites, smoking guidelines of our host should always be followed rigorously.

 


HARASSMENT (SEXUAL OR OTHERWISE)

The Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of all forms of discrimination including sexual, verbal and physical harassment. Sexual harassment like other forms of discrimination is against the law. RIBC will not tolerate offensive or inappropriate conduct by any person that harasses, disrupts or interferes with an volunteer’s performance or which creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment.

As defined by Rhode Island and Federal law, “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when 1) submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment includes unsolicited and unwelcome contact or behavior of a sexual or gender-specific nature. Some examples of sexual harassment include unwelcome sexual flirtation, touching another volunteer in an offensive manner and implicit or explicit requests for sexual acts or favors. Sexual harassment also includes continuing to express sexual or social interest in another volunteer after being told that the interest is unwelcome. In addition, graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body, verbal abuse of a sexual nature, sexually degrading words to describe an individual, the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, suggestive or insulting noises, obscene gestures and sexual innuendoes or jokes of a sexual and/or gender-specific nature may constitute sexual harassment and must be avoided.

Since RIBC takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously, we will respond promptly to complaints of sexual harassment and where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred; we will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary action.

If you witness or experience any form of harassment, contact the Volunteer Coordinator immediately.


VOLUNTEER CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

 

As a volunteer of the Rhode Island Blood Center, I understand that information about patients, donors, employees, other volunteers, and company activities is considered confidential.

 

In addition, I understand that any information which is given to me in the course of my volunteer work assignments is also considered confidential, unless such information is released for public disclosure.

 

I understand that confidential information will only be disclosed to me if my volunteer duties require knowledge of this information.

 

In handling confidential documents and materials, I understand that I must adhere to all Rhode Island Blood Center procedures and restrictions designed to safeguard such information and I agree to disclose none of this information.

 

I understand that this confidentiality agreement survives my volunteer assignment and

that if I violate the Rhode Island Blood Center’s confidentiality rules, I may be subject to immediate suspension of all volunteer assignments.  I further understand that any breach of this agreement may result in legal action and that this agreement is in addition to any other agreements I may sign relating to confidentiality.

 

You are welcome to speak to others about volunteering at RIBC, but you are not authorized to speak on behalf of the blood center. You should not talk to the media, and you must guard donor confidentiality when discussing your work.

 


GENERAL RELEASE & AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF NAME AND PHOTOGRAPH

 

I hereby authorize New York Blood Center, Inc., d/b/a Rhode Island Blood Center (“RIBC”) to photograph, videotape or record me for publicity or public affairs purposes and to publish my photograph, videotape or recorded image (collectively “Photograph”), along with my name, in any RIBC publication selected by RIBC, including publication on RIBC’s website. I understand and accept that my Photograph will become and remain the property of RIBC and that RIBC may reproduce and make it available for publication along with my name in news, promotional or other similar media (including Internet or other on-line media) with the purpose of advancing RIBC’s mission. I also understand and accept that I shall have no right to inspect or approve my Photograph or use of my Photograph and name by or on behalf of RIBC, nor will I receive any compensation for use of my Photograph and name.

 

With regard to all current and future publications in which RIBC may use my name and Photograph, I understand and accept that my authorization will remain in effect unless and until I contact RIBC in writing to revoke this authorization.

 

Because RIBC puts a lot of time, energy and resources into conceiving and developing the work-product for its publicity and public affairs activities, RIBC asks that you notify the following department in writing as soon as possible if you decide to revoke your authorization:

 

RIBC Corporate Communications 405 Promenade Street

Providence, RI 02908

(401) 453-8360


By completing the electronic application online, you are agreeing to the above listed Volunteer Policies as if you physically signed this agreement form.

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