Safety Guidelines for Adopt-a-Road Volunteers

Think Safety

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.

Volunteers Must

  • 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
Adopt-a-Road Coordinator
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
Fax: 905-685-0013

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