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Citizen Monitoring Safety
Erick Burres
Citizen Monitoring Coordinator
SWRCB-Clean Water Team
(213) 576-6788
[email protected]
Why Safety?
ƒ We treat ourselves and our monitors with respect.
ƒ No potential data is worth getting hurt for.
ƒ A safe working environment is productive.
General Health and Safety
ƒ Prevention , Evaluation and Control of Hazards
ƒ Hazard Reporting
ƒ Personal Protective Equipment
ƒ Hazard Communication
Prevention and Control of Hazards
ƒ Learn how
injuries can
ƒ Learn how to
prevent those
Hazard Reporting
ƒ Identification and reporting of potentially unsafe or
unhealthful working conditions is your
ƒ Encourage monitors to report unhealthful
ƒ Investigate reported unhealthful conditions, make
corrections and report those corrections.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
ƒ Make sure that for every task your volunteers have
the appropriate equipment for them to conduct their
work safely.
ƒ Usually this consists of appropriate foot wear,
gloves, face/eye protection and clothing
Hazard Communication
This program will be using.
ƒ Read and understand all appropriate Material
Safety Data Sheets (MSDS sheet) and labels.
ƒ Keep and update a current Chemical Inventory.
ƒ Keep and update monitor/lab-technician
information and training records.
Things to Always Keep In Mind
ƒ Work in teams.
ƒ Keep and maintain first aid kits.
ƒ Know how to call for help.
ƒ Know where local hospitals are.
ƒ Avoid heavy lifting
ƒ Keep hydrated
ƒ Were sun screen/insect repellent
and/or protective clothes
Hot Weather
ƒ Heat Stroke
ƒ Heat Exhaustion
ƒ Heat Cramp
ƒ Heat Rash
•Hot, Dry Skin
•Profuse Sweating
•No Early Symptoms
•Muscle Cramps
•Itching Skin
Managing Heat
ƒ Drink more fluids.
ƒ Avoid drinking caffeine, alcohol, lots of sugar.
ƒ Wear lightweight, light colored loose fitting clothing.
ƒ Limit your activities.
ƒ Rest as needed.
ƒ Wear sunscreen.
Cold Weather
ƒ Hypothermia
ƒ Frostbite
•Fatigue /Drowsiness
•Slurred Speech
•Numbness, Skin Color White
or Grayish Yellow to Reddish
Managing Cold
ƒ Dress warmly and stay dry.
ƒ Avoid exertion.
ƒ Avoid ice.
ƒ Watch for adverse weather signs.
ƒ Know the wind chill
Know Your Biological Hazards
ƒ Where is the hazard (endemic area)?
ƒ Who is the vector (transmits the agent)?
ƒ Where does the vector live?
ƒ The agent must be in the vector.
ƒ What is the route of infection (inhalation, skin,
Biological Agents
ƒ Bites
ƒ Plants
ƒ Microbes
ƒ Infectious Waste
ƒ Snakes
ƒ Dogs
ƒ Rodents
Poisonous Invertebrates
ƒ Bee stings (keep a kit if you
are allergic)
ƒ Spider bites
ƒ Jellyfish stings (new antisting type product now
ƒ Poison ivy
ƒ Stinging nettle
ƒ Others
Avoid contact
Long sleeves/pants, boots
Wash after working
Seek medical attention if adverse
Lyme Disease
ƒ Caused by the bite of the
western black legged tick
infected with spirochete
ƒ Rash, flu-like symptoms
ƒ Use insect repellent with
DEET (27%)
ƒ Early removal of ticks
ƒ Carried by rodents, especially deer mice.
ƒ Exposure through dropping and urine.
ƒ First signs are fever and muscle aches late
followed by shortness of breath and coughing.
Once the later phase begins hospitalization is
ƒ Prevention best by avoiding rodent contact.
ƒ Bacteria, viruses and parasites in sewage and
ƒ Gastrointestinal illness
ƒ Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and AIDS
ƒ Airborne exposure to mold spores
(valley fever)
Urban Hazards
ƒ Air Quality
ƒ Traffic
ƒ Homeless Camps
ƒ Hostile People
ƒ Stray Animals
ƒ Debris/Trash