Safety Check List and Helpful Tips

Safety Check List

  • Per NHDOT regulations: workers on State roads (Rt. 11 & 103 & 103-B) must be at least 18 years of age and wear a reflective safety vest.
  • Volunteers with vehicles picking up full litter bags must also wear a safety vest . . . keep vehicle hazard lights flashing.
  • Always wear gloves when picking up litter.
  • To avoid scrapes, cuts and germs, wear a long sleeve shirt and pants. Brightly colored, highly visible clothing is recommended.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots.
  • DO NOT wear ear buds or headphones.
  • Only collect trash …. DO NOT collect brush, branches, leaves or animal feces.

Mark the location and notify your zone captain if you find any of the following items:

  • DO NOT pick up animal carcasses.
  • DO NOT pick up or try to remove medical waste, syringes, hypodermic needles.
  • DO NOT collect or try to move unknown or suspicious drug substances such as plastic bottles with attached tubing or small hoses, and/or bottles containing batteries or substances not consistent with the original purpose of the container.
  • DO NOT pick up gas cans, propane tanks or Coleman fuel cans.

Keep recyclable litter separate from trash.
Bring unusual or valuable found items back to the Safety Services Bldg.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Pace yourself.
  • Work in pairs on one side of the road at a time.
  • Keep vehicles on the same side of the road as the volunteers (with hazard lights flashing).
  • Watch your footing when working on slopes.
  • Avoid over-exertion . . . take breaks . . . drink water.
  • When litter bag is heavy, tie it closed even if it is not full and leave for the pickup team.
  • Make sure children are kept in a “safety zone” . . . preferably between 2 parked cars or between at least two adults.
  • Report any problems and/or unusually heavy objects to the captain who will arrange for pick up.
  • Carry a cellphone per team along with emergency contact numbers.