Beach Cleaning - Health and Safety
The Beach Patrol vision is for all beach users to enjoy a clean and safe beach, and to ensure the safety of our volunteers while removing litter.
While our activities are aimed at having fun and making a positive contribution, it is also important to be aware of potential hazards. Beach patrollers should report any hazards or incidents to their beach patrol coordinator.
Enjoy a safe and happy time on the beach!
Beach patrollers should be aware and careful of the following potential hazards:
- broken glass
- sharp shells
- fish hooks
- gaining access to beach
- cars, bikes, cyclists and boats
- beach cleaning machinery
Living things, including:
- jellyfish and octopus
- heavy weights
- sharp objects
- cold (exposure)
- high winds and sand storms
Trips and falls
Beach patrollers should manage these hazards by:
- Safely entering the beach: watch and give way to traffic – cars, cyclists and pedestrians
- Wearing gloves, preferably heavy duty, to avoid cuts. Syringes and needles must be handled so as not to stab anywhere on the body.
- Handling syringes: these should be collected by the beach patrol coordinator and placed in special ‘sharps containers’
- Not handling living things - especially jelly fish and octopus and avoiding dogs which may be aggressive.
- Wearing sun protection including a hat, sunglasses and sun screen to avoid sunburn. Avoid the high UV times of day (say 3 hours either side of noon) and "Slip Slop Slap".
- Avoiding cold by wearing extra clothing and avoiding high wind days
The closest medical assistance is located at:
Port Melbourne Medical Clinic (near tram terminus at Station Pier)
Mills St Medical Clinic, Mill St Albert Park (near corner of Richardson Street)
In case of an Emergency:
- Call 000 and answer questions calmly.
- Make sure you know your location and can name the nearest streets you are between.