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Adopt A Trail Safety Rules and Regulations

The safety of the volunteers is the number one priority of the Adopt A Trail Program. All volunteers must receive proper safety training on the equipment prior to arriving at the job site to perform any clean up activities. Training for basic trail maintenance will be provided to group leaders by AAT staff prior to the commencement of trail activities. No power tools such as chainsaws are permitted to be used by the adopting group.

The following guidelines are designed to help ensure the safety of each volunteer and MUST be adhered to at all times.

  • Clean up activities must be scheduled through the AAT Coordinator and must be performed only in daylight hours, during good weather conditions.
  • Supervisors of both adult and youth groups should be assigned prior to departing for the work site.
  • All participants should be at least 14 years of age. For every 10 teenagers participating, there must be one adult supervisor at least 21 years of age.
  • Safety vests must be worn by all participants at all times during the litter pick-up projects.
  • Wear appropriate attire, including boots or hard-soled shoes (no sandals), comfortable clothes, gloves, and hats.
  • Participants should assemble away from the designated work site and carpool to reduce the number of cars at the trail site. Vehicles must be parked at least four feet away from the roadway.
  • Participants should assure that first aid kits are available, and it is recommended that at least one person is experienced in administering first aid and CPR and that transportation is available to the nearest medical facility.
  • Utility installations, culverts, and drainage structures are off limits. Do not remove litter from these areas.
  • Use caution when you encounter the following: cactus, animals, steep slopes, sharp rocks, insects, barbed wire, traffic, and other unusual circumstances.
  • Do not pick up hazardous materials such as car batteries, animal carcasses, discarded chemical containers, or any object that appears questionable. Report these materials to your supervisor.
  • When lifting objects, use correct lifting techniques, keeping your back as straight as possible. Keep the object that you are trying to lift close to your body and let your legs do the work. Do not attempt to lift heavy objects that two of you cannot reasonably lift.
  • Assure that water is available and in sufficient quantity to meet your group’s needs.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are strictly prohibited. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or narcotics shall be asked to leave the work site.