Litter Picking Safety
Your safety is important to us, and we need you to work within the guidelines below. These will help keep you safe, and those around you too. These guidelines have been drawn up by the Canal and River Trust (CRT) for the Friends of Grand Union Canal (FoGUC)
Download the WhatThreeWords app which will allow you to pinpoint your location to within 3 metres. The emergency services, and the Canal and River Trust use this to find people.
Working Near Water
Litter Picking from Water
Working on Towpaths
Harmful Plant Life
Harmful Animal Life
Do not pick up raw dog poo, bagged poo can be collected using a litter picking stick
Do not touch any dead animals, call CRT on 03030 404040 to arrange removal
Use of Long Tools
Slippery Banks (e.g. Embankments)
Wear sturdy footwear
Don't venture onto steep ground when it's wet
Use long handled litter pickers if you can
Climb to the bottom if it's short and clear from there
Be aware that there might be hidden obstacles and objects at the bottom
A very high temperature, or feel hot and shivery headache
Feeling and being sick
Aching muscles and joints
Loss of appetite
An urgent appointment should be sought if experiencing the following:
Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
Swollen ankles, feet or hands
Shortness of breath
Coughing up blood
The disease can be fatal –do not ignore symptoms!
Cover all cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings.
Avoid full immersion in the water.
Wash all exposed skin thoroughly with antibacterial soap and clean water.
Thoroughly wash exposed wound(s) in clean water and apply a sterile dressing, with antiseptic if available.
Avoid rubbing your nose, eyes or mouth with your hands as infection may also enter the body orally.
Do not put wet ropes, fishing lines or other objects in your mouth.
Wear protective clothing if you are at risk whilst at work.
Shower as soon as possible if you have been in contact with potentially infected water.
Ask your family and friends to read this card and keep it in a safe place.