Job Hazard Recap


Visitor Protection Division

Job Hazard Analysis Worksheet

For: Tidepool Volunteers Working in Rocky Intertidal Habitats


Job Step Hazard Safe Behavior/Procedure
·      Working in changing environment ·      Being caught in intertidal area by rising tide levels. ·      Check tide levels and time before entering the area. Be extremely mindful of rising tide levels. Give yourself enough time to exit rocky intertidal area safely. Wait until work sites are well above water level and wave threat is passed.
·      Going into the rocky intertidal environment. ·      Noticeable differences in temperature from terrestrial habitats around the park.   Hypothermia. ·      Wear warm, non-cotton layered clothing for warmth. Expect the intertidal area to be much cooler than the temperatures near the Entrance Station or the Visitor Center.
·      Walking on or near cliff area and bluffs. ·      Unstable areas, landslides and falling rocks, soil erosion. ·      Do not walk or stand on or under cliffs or bluffs. Place footing carefully when moving to or along edge of cliffs.   Leave enough space from the edge in case you trip or stumble.
·      Being in sun for hours. ·      Sun burn, dehydration, fatigue-induced inattention. ·      Wear sunscreen and broad-rimmed hat. Bring water and snacks with you. Take breaks when needed.
·      Working in foggy conditions. ·      Loud noises from the fog horn, decreased visability. ·      Wear ear plugs when fog horn is active. Use extra caution when moving around. Monitor tide levels carefully.
·      Walking around in the intertidal ·      Tripping hazards, injury from falling, sharp objects. Slipping on algae-covered rocks. ·      Wear correct footware, i.e. secured to toes and heel with maximum traction. Pay careful attention to where stepping, walk slowly, allow both hands to be free. Retractable walking sticks are available in the VIP shed at the Admin. building.

Last revised 08-May-12