Safety Guidelines for Adopt-a-Road Volunteers
There are a few simple rules worth remembering when it comes to safety working along the roadway. These rules must be reviewed by all volunteers before each clean-up session.
- Receive annual safety training prior to the first pick-up of the year and review safety rules before each clean-up.
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Provide at least one adult (19 years or older) supervisor for each 5 workers.
- Always wear a Region approved safety vest.
- Display the "road work" sign before starting the clean-up.
- Carpool to minimize the number of vehicles at the worksite and always disembark from the vehicles to the side adjacent to the ditch.
- Park parallel to the road and as far off the travelled portion as possible.
- Park vehicles on the same side of the roadway as the volunteers.
- Pick up litter during daylight hours only.
- Flag hazardous and unidentifiable items for pick-up by Regional staff.
- Stay clear of any maintenance of construction operations and equipment.
- Stay clear of any water hazards.
- Discontinue work in inclement weather.
- Close the "road work" sign when finished the litter pick-up.
Volunteers Must Not
- Disembark from vehicles until the "road work" sign has been displayed.
- Walk or pick up litter on the pavement, shoulder, or in the median.
- Work on bridges, overpasses, steep ground, or in tunnels.
- Touch or pick up hazardous items or anything that cannot be identified.
- Wear clothing or display material that might distract motorists.
- Use or possess illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages before or during the clean-up.
- Step or jump on trash bags.
- Stay mentally alert at all times.
- Wear protective footwear and gloves.
- Wear light-coloured clothing that covers arms and legs.
- Wear a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed hat and sun-screen lotion.
- Drink lots of fluids while you work, especially on hot, humid days.
- Be aware of any special needs of fellow volunteers (i.e. Medical).
- Avoid over exertion.
- Stay alert for and avoid hazardous plants (i.e. poison ivy) and stinging insects.
- Keep an adequate supply of flags and trash bags on hand.
In Case of Emergency
- Have a first-aid kit immediately available.
- Pre-select the most direct route to the nearest medical emergency facility.
- Always have transportation immediately available.
- Know where the nearest telephone is located.
For more information contact:
Ms. Jody Head
Public Works Department
Transportation Services Division
Regional Municipality of Niagara
Sir Isaac Brock Way
P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
905-980-6000 ext. 3230
Toll Free: 1-800-263-7215