Having chosen a place for your clean up, visit the site and carefully identify all the risks that you might face while you are there.
When assessing the risks, the following are examples of hazards that you should make a note of:
- Unidentified cans or canisters, oil drums, poisons, insecticides, clinical waste, other hazardous substances, broken glass, condoms, syringes etc.
- Deep or fast flowing water, currents or tides, steep, slippery or unstable banks, sharp rocks, mud holes, derelict buildings, busy roads, electric fences, etc.
- Yellow and / or red signs generally indicate a hazard, even if you’re not sure what the symbols mean, take care to avoid areas marked with them.
If you think the area carries too many risks for you and your group, choose somewhere else.