Figure out the limits of your group: what age are they, what skills are they bringing, what is their comfort level with the cleanup tasks that need to be done. Most importantly, be realistic and ask your volunteers what they are willing and able to do.
If you are working with under age kids, inform parents and guardians they have the ultimate responsibility for their safety and supervision.
Insist that everyone wear work gloves.
Make sure to specify appropriate clothing according to the weather and temperature and sunscreen. Long sleeves and pants will not only protect from the sun, but reduce insect bites, poison ivy or trash that is less than sanitary.
Hats are encouraged, and work boots or hiking boots. Water proof footwear is the best while discouraging sandals.
- Know where the closest medical facilities are.
First Aid Kit
HAVE a standard first aid kit on hand. For larger groups, make sure you have enough, you may need several kits. It’s also a good idea to have someone with relevant and up to date first aid and CPR training at your event, even if you don’t have a trained medical professional.
- Work gloves
- Work boots with hard soles
- Personal Flotation Device (life-vest), if on a boat
- Insect repellant
- Hand sanitizer
Garbage can be; dirty, rusty, slimy, and/or sharp or even toxic, handle with care! Be careful to avoid cuts and abrasions. Emphasize to your volunteers: Don’t be afraid to ask for help; don’t try to lift heavy objects alone.
Hazardous and Materials to Avoid
- Drums or containers that may or may not indicate they contain toxic waste.
- Avoid all Needles and other biohazard waste if you see that skull and bones or yellow caution triangle
- Broken glass, aerosol cans, gas cans and other containers that may have chemical residues
- Immediately alert the authorities if you suspect any live ammunition or explosives
- Wear all safety gear if handling hazardous materials such as glass and metal containers.