COVID-19 continues to be a public health threat in our community. Strict adherence to prevention procedures can greatly reduce the spread of the virus, thereby protecting our volunteers as individuals and our community as a whole. Therefore, the following Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council (SMMTC) specific COVID-19 prevention specific workplace plan is established. All volunteers should keep in mind that it is everyone’s responsibility to take action to protect themselves as well as others on our projects.
The primary work of the SMMTC volunteers is trail maintenance with a small number of related projects. This work is performed outdoors on National and State Park properties as well as other publicly owned open space areas. The physical location of our workplace may change from week to week but this plan is applicable to all work sites.
Planning: In order to more effectively manage the COVID-19 prevention protocols, the following procedure shall be used:
Due to frequently changing regulatory requirements, a long term trail maintenance schedule will not be published.
Trail maintenance events will not be publicized on the SMMTC website. Rather, volunteers will be notified directly of upcoming events.
Crew size will be limited to 12 volunteers.
Volunteers will be limited to our trained and experienced crew leaders and a few of our more experienced, regular volunteers.
All volunteers will be trained in these procedures.
The following guidance is provided to all volunteers participating in SMMTC trail maintenance projects.
Do not attend the event if you have:
tested positive for COVID-19 within the last fourteen days or
have had close, prolonged contact (6 feet and 15 minutes) to someone else who has tested positive within the last fourteen days or
are currently showing symptoms—FYI, this CDC link is updated regularly.
Specific work procedures:
Drive to the meeting place alone, or only with family members.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to all volunteers. For this plan, PPE is defined as face masks and disposable, latex gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own, leather work gloves. Latex and SMMTC provided work gloves will be disposed of after use.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools.
Occasionally, it will be necessary to carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. In these situations, all volunteers in the vehicle should wear a mask and windows in the vehicle should be kept partially open to increase ventilation. These carpool trips should be kept as short as possible.
Masks may be removed while working on the trail as long as a six foot distance between volunteers is maintained.
Maintain a six foot distance from passing trail users. If conversation or prolonged close contact with a passerby is established, a face mask should be donned.
All shared (SMMTC) tools will be disinfected after each project.
Cleanup supplies (soap, water, hand sanitizer) will be provided to all volunteers at the completion of the event.
Mask Tips From The CDC
Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
Masks should be worn by people two years and older
Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators
CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.