|• The clean-up coordinator should provide a briefing to all participants of the clean-up event prior to beginning the event regarding safety precautions.
• Coordinators should complete a visit of the site, prior to the time of the clean-up, to identify any areas of risk such as railway tracks, street traffic, presence of dangerous litter items, etc.
• Make sure everyone is dressed for the weather, with closed shoes and sturdy gloves.
• Sufficient adult supervision must be provided for any child volunteers.
• Do not attempt to lift heavy objects such as car parts of refrigerators – leave them for someone with hauling equipment.
• Watch out for potentially dangerous waste such as poisons, insecticides, fragmented glass and heavy items. Make a note of their whereabouts and inform local authorities.
• Coordinators should ensure that a basic first aid kit containing surgical dressings, iodine, antiseptic and bandages is available. Coordinators can also ask volunteers who are medically trained to make themselves known.
• Have a cellular phone on site to call 9-1-1 in the event of an accident or emergency.
• Never reach into areas, such as bushes or ground-cover, which you cannot see into clearly. Needles, used condoms, or broken glass could be hiding there.
• Used condoms should only be picked up using tongs and while wearing gloves. Do not touch the condom directly with bare hands.
• Needles and syringes should be left where they are by participants, and their locations reported to the Coordinator. Do not put needles and syringes in garbage bags, bins or anything other than an approved sharps container. Do not touch needles or syringes directly with bare hands and never attempt to cover, bend or break any needles or syringes.
• For more information on needle disposal, contact: RRFB Nova Scotia at 1-877-313-7732 or your community pharmacy.