- Plan for the weather with layers of clothing, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.
- Wear gloves and sturdy shoes.
- Work with a partner and watch out for each other's safety.
- Watch out for other volunteers' safety, especially when working close together.
- Pace yourself, don't overexert.
- Take breaks, rest, don't work continually. Drink water, eat a snack.
- Follow common sense practices when lifting heavy items: use your knees, not your back.
- Fill collection bags only 2/3 full, especially when handling heavy items.
- Be sure that you are physically capable of what you intend to do before you attempt it; ask for help if you need it.
- Watch for any heavy equipment, trucks or winches that might be used on-site.
- Watch for poison oak, poison ivy, Giant Hogweed, or other plants to which you may be allergic.
- Wear heavy gloves, long sleeves and long pants around blackberry plants.
- Leave the site if hazardous conditions, such as disturbed bee hives exist, especially if you have an allergy or are otherwise susceptible to the conditions.
- Use sunscreen and mosquito repellant when outdoors
Safety tips for youth volunteers
- Confirm age restrictions for the project site.
- Review safety information and rules? with youth before arriving at the site.
- Supervise youth activities on site.
When working on the beach
- Watch for sneaker waves: never turn your back on the ocean.
- Stay away from logs in or near the surf.
- Use caution on steep banks and cliffs. Follow posted safety information.
When working around water
- Use caution around swift running water.
- Wear a life jacket when using a boat or raft.
When working near traffic
- Wear a safety vest.
- Stay off the roadway.
- Stop often to orient yourself and make sure you're not wandering close to traffic.
When working on steep slopes or banks
- Make sure your footing is stable.
- Stay away from cables that may be used to haul items upward.
When encountering hazardous items: Don't touch, Mark the item and contact the Event Coordinator
- Identify each item before you touch it. If you are uncertain about an item, leave it alone.
- Do not touch medical waste or hazardous materials, including syringe needles, bandages and condoms.
- Don't touch containers with unidentified liquid or material in them.
- Don't touch propane gas tanks. They may be used to manufacture illegal drugs and can explode.
In case an accident occurs
- Know where the first aid kit is.
- Know where the nearest medical facility is located.
- Know where the nearest phone is. If it's a cell phone, make sure you have a dial tone. Dial 9-1-1 if emergency medical care is required, know your location.