Tri-Valley Creeks

a partnership for a sustainable tomorrow

Program Safety Sheet

General Safety

Our purpose is to make the creeks and trails a beautiful and enjoyable experience for Tri-Valley residents. Enjoy your experience and have fun!

  • Do not do anything that you think is possibly dangerous. Make a note of the items or locations of concern (use a cell phone camera) and others can take care of the issue or items. Be safe!
  • For emergencies from a cell phone, call City of Livermore Police Dispatch at (925) 371-4987.
  • Use gloves and trash grabbers to pick up trash. They are good safety tools that will protect your hands.
  • Wear long pants, sturdy leather shoes or boots, and protective eye wear.
  • If you have allergies or are moving leaf debris or mulch, wear a mask to avoid breathing in mulch spores (grey dust).
  • Never wear open-toed shoes or short shorts.
  • Light colored clothing, long sleeve shirts and sunscreen are strongly suggested.
  • Collect all tools and equipment early. Stop work before sunset.
  • No work shall be performed on rainy days or when stream flow is high.
  • Bring and drink lots of water. Take breaks.
  • Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages or drugs before or while during work.
  • Do NOT run, throw objects or engage in horseplay.
  • Always sweep, rake or shovel glass. Never pick up sharp objects with your hands.
  • Always place broken glass or sharp objects in a bucket using a trash grabber.
  • Do NOT try to compact trash bags. Injuries from broken or jagged objects may occur.
  • Do NOT use power tools.

Trail Safety

  • Watch for bike and pedestrian traffic on the trail.
  • Do not leave tools or trash bags on the trail. Set them to the side of the trail.

Traffic Safety

  • When possible, stay on the sidewalk. Never walk in the street.
  • When working in or around a gutter, work from the sidewalk.
  • Exit and enter your vehicle on the side away from traffic when possible.
  • Walk and work facing oncoming traffic when possible.
  • Cross streets at signals or crosswalks, not mid-block.
  • Do NOT enter tunnels or drainage culverts.

Hazardous or Medical Waste

  • NEVER TOUCH HAZARDOUS OR MEDICAL WASTE!!! Hazardous waste may include but is not limited to powder chemicals, smelly substances, suspicious packages, chemical drums or containers, car batteries, weapons, syringes or hypodermic needles, and dead animals.
  • Call Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department at (925) 454-5402 to report hazardous or medical waste.

Working Near Waterways

  • Always work with a partner near water.
  • Never walk through water before assessing the depth and speed of the currents first. This can be done by taking a stick and determining the depth and then tossing a small leaf or stick that will float on the surface. Water is often deeper and moving faster than it appears. Never walk through water more than a few inches deep.
  • Never step into or float down a stream with water more than one foot deep. Unseen hazards exist below the surface of the water. Work in or near water deeper than one foot must be directed only by the lead volunteer or agency staff holding the permit.
  • Watch for blackberry thorns, stinging insects, snakes and poisonous plants like poison oak.
  • Watch your footing on slopes, drainage facilities, and other places you may fall.
  • Never allow children to work on slopes or near drainage facilities without adult supervision.
  • Do NOT drink or swallow water found in the creek.
  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap after performing work activities.
  • Wash your clothes separately and in cold water after performing work activities.

Tool Safety

  • Carry tools carefully to avoid hitting others.
  • Always use the right tools for the right job. Ask a team leader or the Adopt a Creek Spot Coordinator if you are unsure.
  • Never allow children to play with tools or to use sharp tools.
  • Always keep your tools close to you.
  • Clean your tools before you return them.
  • Count your tools before and after work.