We recommend you designate one member of your group as a "safety person." This person should be in a position to observe the cleanup work while watching out for the safety of participants. The safety person makes sure all temporary warning signs are placed and maintained within a half mile on each side of the cleanup location.
We wear an orange safety vest so that you can be seen easily. Wear it to the pickup site so you have it on from the moment you leave the car.
Wear light or bright colored protective clothing, as well as hard-soled shoes and work gloves.
Work only in daylight and fair weather.
Use inspect repellent, especially on lower extremities, to protect against tick bites.
Have a rain date in case of bad weather, as reduced visibility for motorists can become a safety hazard for volunteers.
Stay alert for snakes and poisonous weeds and avoid them.
Take pride in daring to care about keeping Rhode Island Beautiful!
Pick up litter on the highway or close to the edge of the road or on any median. Stay on the right-of-way, facing the traffic, and stay with your team.
Pick up litter in construction or maintenance sites, in tunnels, or on bridges or overpasses. Leave the work for RIDOT.
Play around or do anything that will distract passing drivers or other volunteers. Being on the roadside is already a distraction.
Work during peak travel time when many cars will be passing. RIDOT will help you identify suitable times.
Participate in the litter pick up while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Over exert yourself. Take breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
Bring small children along. No participants shall be below 11 years old, in accordance with national standards for this program.
Pick up materials that appear to be hazardous. Contact state police or the Hazardous Waste Division of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (401-222-2797).