Volunteer Litter Picking Safety Sheet

This information sheet has been put together to keep us all safe, please read it! if you come across anything whilst litter picking you not sure about, or what to do with it is covered here. 

Community Clear Up covers a number of street based cleaning activities, which involves other Council departments and voluntary groups including local traders and individuals.

This covers works on street and in parks/open spaces and will involve litter picking.

Covers: Litter picking volunteers

Step 1 – Identify the Hazards

Step 2 – Identify who might be harmed and how

Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and implement control measures

Existing control measures

Risk Rating

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating

Before starting Litter Picking

Have the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – e.g. suitable gloves, hi-visibility vest, sensible footwear, weather appropriate clothing, etc.

Have the correct equipment – e.g. Litter pickers, plastic bags, dog waste bags, brush, shovel. etc., and know how to use the equipment.

Consider all the risks and hazards in the work area, e.g. hazardous waste, broken glass, dog waste, vomit, needles, condoms and roads/cycle ways, thorny bushes, low branches, uneven ground, hidden banks, etc.

Know the work area and how to; report incidents or hazardous or unidentified waste, where to get first aid, meet on completion, deposit bags of waste and mark bags containing sharp material e.g broken glass.

On Completion of Litter Picking Ensure:

Everyone washes their hands thoroughly as soon as possible after the litter pick and before eating or drinking.

Any wounds are redressed after cleaning and disinfecting if there has been any contact with water.

Volunteers carry out a personal inspection for cuts, grazes etc.

That the area covered is inspected to see if there is any hazardous material still present. If so inform Council staff.

All volunteers have reported back

All rubbish for collection has been left in the arranged pick up site.

identify the Hazards: Highways vehicles, bicycles, plant and machinery.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Collision with moving traffic.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: STREET CLEANING

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures: Seek medical attention in the event of injury if life threatening call 999.

Revised Risk Rating:

At all times be mindful of your environment and the traffic conditions, pedestrian and vehicular, in which volunteers, partners and council are working. This will apply if working in the Leisure Centre Car Park or on any highway outside the park or footpath

Work facing traffic

Avoid close proximity to traffic if possible.

Stay off the carriageway. Do not approach within 0.5m of the roadside if the speed limit is 40mph or over on a single carriageway.

Be alert to the potential presence of buses

Wear high visibility clothing of the relevant standard if on or near the highway. The highway includes footpaths and verges.

Be aware of the vehicles around you during the litter pick.

Keep a look out

Children under 16 should not work by the roadside.

PARK AND CEMETERY

At all times be aware of the ground condition which may be wet or uneven

Existing control measures

Risk Rating

New/additional control measures

Revised Risk Rating

Identify who might be harmed and how: Cuts and infections

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures:

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures: Seek medical attention where appropriate.

Revised Risk Rating:

Leave alone and report to Harrow Council authorised staff to dispose of in sharps container using litter grabber.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Cuts and infections

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures:

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures: Seek medical attention where appropriate. Thoroughly wash any cuts or abrasions as soon as possible, however minor.

Revised Risk Rating:

Suitable gloves to be worn at all times.

Use litter grabbers to pick up sharp objects.

Broken glass or other sharp objects should be swept onto a shovel or picked up with a scoop or litter picker.

Gloves will be supplied to all volunteers.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Pulled muscles and strains.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Stop immediately if suffering any pain or discomfort. Seek medical attention if the ill effects persist.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures: Stop immediately if suffering any pain or discomfort. Seek medical attention if the ill effects persist.

Revised Risk Rating:

Assess the weight of any load before handling. Extreme care to be taken, use good lifting practises and share the load with an appropriate number of people.

If too heavy to handle leave it and report to a Harrow Council employee.

Do not leave sacks of litter or sweepings where they will be a danger.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Potentially dangerous depending on condition.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Seek medical attention if exposed to pesticides, insecticides or other chemicals – record any label details.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Do not approach or remove any potentially hazardous waste.

Report to Harrow Council Employee for disposal.

Identify the Hazards: Ground conditions

Identify who might be harmed and how: Sprains, muscle damage and broken bones.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Thoroughly wash any cuts or abrasions as soon as possible, however minor. Seek medical attention for any serious cuts, bruises or strains.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Avoid dangerous areas and choose the safest possible route over difficult ground. Instruct all parties to wear suitable footwear.

Identify the Hazards: People, lone working

Identify who might be harmed and how: Physical or verbal assault.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Seek medical attention following any assault/injury notify police.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Be aware of aggressive and difficult people.

Withdraw rather than face conflict.

Do not work out of sight of others in the group.

Organiser/section leader to have mobile phone.

Keep together and stay off private property.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Weil’s Disease from rat’s urine.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures:

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Do not touch dead animals

Cover any cuts or sores with a waterproof plaster before carrying out a litter pick.

Avoid getting hands wet in rivers, ponds, canals, puddles or drains.

Identify the Hazards: Dog faeces

Identify who might be harmed and how: Toxocara Canis

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Thoroughly wash any cuts or abrasions as soon as possible, however minor. Seek medical attention where appropriate.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures

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Revised Risk Rating:

Do not touch dog faeces

Always wear gloves and use a shovel when removing dog faces.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Various health issues

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Seek medical attention where appropriate.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Cease work in inappropriate conditions.

Avoid working in extreme conditions.

Dress for conditions and carry additional clothing.

In the event of extreme weather conditions the litter pick should be postponed or abandoned.

Identify the Hazards: Hedges, fences, walls, ditches.

Identify who might be harmed and how:

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures:

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Take care when climbing stiles particularly in wet weather.

Avoid climbing walls, ditches and fences.

Stay within the nominated location.

Identify who might be harmed and how: Trips, cuts and eye injuries.

Evaluate the risks and implement control measures: Obtain medical attention in the event of injury.

Existing control measures

Risk Rating: 1

New/additional control measures:

Revised Risk Rating:

Be alert to the risks and keep a look out for hazards.

Be aware of low hanging branches and exposed tree and shrub roots.

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 Before starting Litter Picking

Have the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – e.g. suitable gloves, hi-visibility vest, sensible footwear, weather appropriate clothing, etc.

Have the correct equipment – e.g. Litter pickers, plastic bags, dog waste bags, brush, shovel. etc., and know how to use the equipment.

Consider all the risks and hazards in the work area, e.g. hazardous waste, broken glass, dog waste, vomit, needles, condoms and roads/cycle ways, thorny bushes, low branches, uneven ground, hidden banks, etc.

Know the work area and how to; report incidents or hazardous or unidentified waste, where to get first aid, meet on completion, deposit bags of waste and mark bags containing sharp material e.g broken glass.

On Completion of Litter Picking Ensure:

Everyone washes their hands thoroughly as soon as possible after the litter pick and before eating or drinking.

Any wounds are redressed after cleaning and disinfecting if there has been any contact with water.

Volunteers carry out a personal inspection for cuts, grazes etc.

That the area covered is inspected to see if there is any hazardous material still present. If so inform Council staff.

All volunteers have reported back

All rubbish for collection has been left in the arranged pick up site.

 

 HCRRM1 1

 Severity


1 Slight Injuries requiring first aid and minor ill health effects
2 Serious Injuries causing absence of more than three days of significant health effect
3 Major Death, or major injury (RIDDOR) or irreversible health damage

Likelihood

1 Low Harm will seldom occur
2 Medium Harm will frequently occur
3 High Certain or near certain harm will occur

 

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