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General guidelines:

  • Conduct and attend safety meetings and pre-task briefings prior to cleanup.
  • Ensure that all participants in the group wear safety vests at all times during the litter removal activity.
  • Only allow persons to participate that the group deems responsible enough to safely participate in the cleanup.
  • The group will provide a least one adult supervisor for every five participants ages 15 or younger.
  • Do not bring people to observe the cleanup if they are under the age of 16 and are not official participants.
  • While on site, do not consume alcoholic beverages or illegal substances before, during or after the cleanup activity.

On-site safety guidelines:

  • Park all vehicles clear of roadway.
  • Remove litter during daylight hours only.
  • Remove litter during good weather conditions only.
  • Wear light colored clothing and safety vest.
  • Do not wear camouflage or plain clothing.
  • Do not wear clothing that would hinder the sight of the participant.
  • Wear heavy gloves.
  • Wear leather shoes or boots.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Provide an adequate supply of drinking water.
  • Do not remove hazardous substances.
  • Be alert for snakes and other animals.
  • Have mosquito repellent available.
  • Avoid contact with noxious weeds (http://www.invasive.org/listview.cfm?list=18) and areas where herbicides were applied.
  • Do not pick up litter on bridges, in tunnels, on overpasses or in medians.
  • Stay clear of any construction zones.
  • Do not stand on, or work in, the road or paved shoulder.
  • Ensure that appropriate traffic control signs are visible to motorists.

In case of an emergency:

  • Have a first aid kit.
  • Have transportation available.
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