Saturday, September 6, 2014

Important Safety Precautions

You will be responsible for taking appropriate safety precautions and for working in a manner that does not risk the safety of others. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Learning how to identify and avoid poison ivy (see "Plant Identification and Tools").
  • Signing in upon arrival.
  • Do not begin work before the opening safety and work plan meeting, which will be held at 9 AM sharp.
  • Completing the safety meeting and receiving an identified to wear. Nobody will be allowed to work without this identifier.
  • Knowing how to safely work with the tools you bring.
  • Leaving a safety margin between yourself and other volunteers.
  • Carefully handling any debris.
  • Not leaving tools on the ground where others might trip or be injured.
  • Wearing attire that is appropriate for the work.
  • Following all safety instructions provided.
  • Checking yourself for ticks, using poison ivy wash, and showering as soon as you reasonably can after finishing work.
  • Properly and promptly cleaning all tools, attire including hats, gloves and shoes, and making sure that family members and others at home are not exposed to the poison ivy oil (urushiol) that may be on items you used or wore at the work day.
  • If you are not confident with your knowledge and ability to work safely, or are unsure of how you may react to poison ivy, we ask that you volunteer to help with the sign-in and break area rather than the wooded work area.
First Aid:

There will be a basic safety kit at the work site sign-in table. Feel free to bring your own safety kit and any medications unique to your situation (for example, if you are very allergic to bee stings).


Be sure to stay well hydrated. Water will be provided at the sign-in table. Feel free to bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.