Fieldwork activities such as those involving isolated or remote locations, extreme weather, hazardous terrain, harmful wildlife, or lack of ready access to emergency services can expose participants to significant risks to their health and/or safety.
Departments with employees or students participating in fieldwork activities shall ensure that each group has considered the health and safety hazards associated with these activities and developed a safety plan that adequately addresses those hazards. Points of consideration should include:
- Inclusion of fieldwork instruction in the Work Area Safety Plan (WASP);
- Establishment of a system to keep track personnel who will be in the field so that someone on campus (in the lab or department) knows where personnel will be, how to contact them, when they expect to be back, etc.;
- Training on hazards and prevention of exposure to hazards;
- Provide training on appropriate emergency response to injuries or illnesses, especially heat-related illness, including the location of nearest medical care facilities in case they may be needed;
- Ensure that at least one team member is certified in first aid/CPR and ensure that a first aid kit is available; and
- Ensure adequate provisions for food, shelter, water, communication and transportation.