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Adopt-A-Road Safety Rules


These safety rules are designed for your protection as well as other people you will be working with. Your group spokesperson is responsible to ensure compliance with these safety rules and all participants shall abide by these rules. Abiding by these safety rules will help make your Adopt-a-Road litter pick up work a positive experience.


Proper participant clothing shall include without limitation the following:

  1. Work gloves
  2. Light colored clothing
  3. Long pants/jeans
  4. Long sleeve shirts
  5. Appropriate shoes (preferably leather shoes with durable soles)
  6. County provided international orange or red safety vest - worn at all times. The only exception is yellow rain gear.


  1. Litter shall be picked up only from one side of the road at a time.
  2. Participants shall not work on both sides of the road at the same time.
  3. Participants shall not work in the traveled portion of the road. The work area shall be confined from the edge of the paved road to the outer right-of-way boundary.
  4. Participants shall only cross a road at right angles and shall cross as quickly as possible when safe to do so. Crossing shall not be done on a curve, top of a hill or any location where sight distance is short or impaired.
  5. Where the road right-of-way is narrow, participants shall work in the direction facing oncoming traffic.
  6. Litter, litter bags, stones or any object(s) shall not be thrown across the road.
  7. Filled litter bags or bulky items shall not be placed on the asphalt or traveled portion of the road. Litter bags or bulky items shall only be placed at a safe distance off the asphalt or traveled portion of the road along the shoulder or in the ditch.


  1. Participants shall exercise safe driving practices and shall obey all road traffic signs in the adopted work area.
  2. Safe Driving Rules:
    1. Always be courteous
    2. 2. Be extremely careful when backing up a vehicle.
      1. Where possible, park so that backing is not necessary
      2. Get out and check to see if backing is safe, and the way is clear. Use a guide if necessary.
      3. Back up slowly
      4. Never back for long distances or around corners
      5. Consider all possible alternatives prior to backing your vehicle.
  3. Participant vehicles shall not be operated while any door is open.
  4. Turnaround in safe places (adequate sight distance in either direction).
  5. Participants shall not ride on any external portion of the vehicle, (i.e. fender, hood, running boards, etc.).


  1. Participant vehicles shall be parked in a safe place off the traveled portion of the road.
  2. Obey all designated parking signs.
  3. Participant vehicles shall not be parked such that they obstruct visibility of any official road directional sign.
  4. Unoccupied vehicles shall have the engine turned off with parking brake on.
  5. Use good judgment at all times.


  1. A freestanding sign provided by the Department shall be placed on the shoulder of the road behind the work group, at the beginning of each work area, identifying the litter patrol activities ahead.
  2. There shall be a maximum of one mile separation between the sign and any of the group participants.


  1. A. Items that are suspected of containing hazardous or toxic substances shall be left untouched and the area around them shall be avoided. Report all findings and their location to the Department. Examples of such materials include pesticide containers, barrels, drums, powders or fertilizers and fertilizer containers.


  1. Precautionary measures shall be taken to prevent exposure of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis. Sources of probable germs are soiled disposable baby diapers, sanitary napkins, spoiled food, spoiled food residues in fast food containers, dead animals, and human waste.
  2. Preventative measures include:
    1. Wash hands with soap and water before eating or smoking.
    2. Avoid contact with germs in the eyes and open cuts, scratches, sores, and rashes.
    3. Open cuts or scratches shall be cleaned/washed, medicated and bandaided or bandaged immediately.
  3. Occasionally hypodermic needles may be found. These needles are a source of Hepatitis and AIDS. DO NOT touch or handle any needles. Report all findings and their location to the Department.


  1. The total weight of any litter bag regardless of size (32 gallon to 55 gallon) shall not exceed 30 pounds. A general rule of thumb is that anyone can lift a filled litter bag with one hand up to his or her waist.


  1. There shall be no objects placed in a litter bag so as to cause tearing of bag or a protruding object that could cause personal injury to a person picking up the bags for disposal. These objects shall be collected and placed next to the filled litter bag or along the road shoulder where traffic will not hit it.


  1. The use of any controlled substances (drugs, alcohol) is strictly prohibited.
  2. Rock throwing or the throwing of any item is strictly prohibited.
  3. Avoid poison oak/ivy and other noxious weeds.
  4. Headsets or anything else which may affect your hearing is prohibited.
  5. No one under the age of 12 may be on site. Adult supervision is required for participants between the age of 12 and under 18.
  6. Adult behavior shall be exercised at all times.

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