Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Are volunteers considered to be employees?

If the volunteer receives any type of compensation (money, food, lodging, transportation, etc.), they would be considered an employee, and should therefore be trained and protected as such; however, they are not covered by Worker's Compensation, should an injury occur.

If they do not receive any type of compensation, they are responsible (to some degree) for their own safety.  Certainly our goal is to see that no one be unnecessarily exposed to hazards on Virginia Tech properties or while performing tasks associated with Virginia Tech.  It is always a good idea to evaluate the related hazards and take appropriate action to eliminate, reduce, or protect. 

If you have additional concerns, you may contact Risk Management at 231-7439.