Safety Information:

  • 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.