The State of Ohio has safety rules for folks adopting a highway. I have two things to say: First, if you are responsible enough to be able to adopt a highway I think that you wouldn't need safety rules. Second, my favorite is "Always wear a hard hat with a lightning rod on it!" Volunteers should always have a “tailgate” safety briefing before going to the job site. Please use the outline below in ensure all important topics are covered.
- What should crew members wear? <BR>..... Light colored clothing and safety vests at all times when working on the right-of-way.<BR>..... Heavy work gloves.<BR>..... Work type shoes or boots with ankle support. Tennis shoes and sandals are not recommended.<BR>..... Wear a hat and long sleeves to avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion on sunny days.<BR>..... Have plenty of ice water at the work site.
- Where should crew members park their vehicles?<BR>..... Park all vehicles well clear of the roadway and at least ten feet (if possible) from the traveled portion.<BR>..... Keep the vehicles on the same side of the highway as the volunteers.<BR>..... Car-pool to the site to reduce the number of parked vehicles.<BR>
- What is the best way to protect workers from traffic?<BR>..... Always face oncoming traffic while you work.<BR>..... Work together as a group. Do not separate.<BR>..... Do not work when it is foggy or when the roadway is slippery from being wet or icy.<BR>..... Work during daylight hours only.<BR>..... Post a reliable lookout person to be aware of traffic situations. Equip that person with a whistle. Be prepared to move out of the way in an emergency.<BR>..... Do NOT cross traveled sections of the roadway.<BR>..... Make sure signs are set up properly.<BR>..... Avoid wearing headset radios or tape players which could interfere with your hearing oncoming traffic or other potential hazards.
- What are the limits of the pickup areas?<BR>..... Do NOT pick up items on the traveled roadway.<BR>..... Don’t pick up trash in the median (center) of four-lane, divided highways.<BR>..... Stay at least five feet back from the traveled portion of the roadway to pick up trash.
- What should crews stay away from?<BR>..... Don’t attempt to remove known or suspected toxic, hazardous substances, firearms, or other weapons . Notify ODOT or the Highway Patrol of the location of such items immediately.<BR>..... Stay away from suspected meth lab dump sites (red stained coffee filters, concentration of house hold cleaning bottles, propane tanks, ect...).<BR>Mark the area and notify ODOT or the Highway Patrol of the location immediately.<BR>..... Don’t pick up discarded syringes or hypodermic needles.<BR>..... Be alert for places where snakes may be located–around old logs and in tall grass. Avoid these areas!<BR>..... Be equally alert for stinging insects, especially fire ants.<BR>..... Avoid contact with poison ivy, poison oak, and other noxious weeds.<BR>..... Don’t attempt to handle large, heavy objects or pick up dead animals.<BR>..... Don’t attempt to pick up items on bridges or overpasses. These areas are especially dangerous to pedestrian workers.<BR>..... Stay
- What should we do in case of an emergency?<BR>..... Every crew should carry a first aid kit and a cell phone. Be prepared for a serious injury. Know the route from the work area to a hospital or other treatment center.<BR>..... Every crew should have transportation immediately available.