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Field Safety Lecture (for student participants) A qualitative assessment of risks (and appropriate behaviour) during field trips or field schools.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Safety is important. Field activities are normally safe, but accidents can happen and consequences can be potentially serious. Consequences can involve medical evacuations. If working in a remote location, even a minor injury (e.g., twisted knee), can involve a complicated evacuation procedure involving helicopters or aircraft. If you see something that you perceive to be unsafe it is YOUR responsibility to point it out to the person/people in an unsafe position and to the faculty member or person-in-charge who is responsible. If a safety concern is not addressed by field participants or by the person-in-charge, the Head of Department should be contacted.
Instructors will insist on safe behaviour from all participants. Students must follow the directions of the person-in-charge and field supervisors at all times. Any student considered by the person-in-charge to be a risk to themselves or others while on field school may be expelled from the field activity and banned from attending future field classes. Safe practices and behaviour - Walk, don't run in the field; assess the ground you're traversing over and behave accordingly. Be aware of potential hazards when working in the outdoors. Personal responsibility - Know your limits and act within them. Do not participate in actions that you feel are beyond your physical/mental abilities. There is no penalty for non-participation. Be aware and be careful not to succumb to group pressure to behave in a manner beyond your limits. ABOVE ALL ELSE, USE YOUR COMMON SENSE.
Probably the most dangerous activity undertaken during fieldwork is driving. Drivers must be sharp and alert. Driving when tired, under the influence of alcohol or other drugs significantly increases the risk of an accident. Passengers must also take responsibility to ensure safety in vehicles by highlighting dangerous activities such as speeding, driving under the influence of drink etc.. initially to the driver and later to the person-in-charge or the Department Head.
Geological fieldwork commonly involves study in remote and rough terrane: Do not climb cliffs Avoid cliff edges Take care on scree slopes Take care on grass slopes particularly after rain Take care on coastal sections close to the surf zone Always wear a hard hat below cliffs - look up before approaching!! Always wear a hard hat in tunnels, caves and mines Always let someone know where you intend working
Weather can seriously exacerbate the risks inherent to fieldwork. Make sure that you are appropriately equipped for the weather. Take waterproof and windproof clothing Take appropriate food and water (to include emergency reserves) Take appropriate sun protection (e.g. hat, sun block and sunglasses)
Wildlife is a major hazard in many parts of the world. Thoroughly research the habitat and behavior wild animals in the field area. Be aware of dangerous plants - thorny or toxic. Carry appropriate anti-venom or firearms as appropriate and with suitable training/licensing. Beware of aggressive domesticated animals (e.g. dogs) and avoid likely habitats of dangerous animals (e.g. snakes or scorpions under rocks); beware of potential carriers of rabies in regions where rabies is present (dogs, foxes, bats etc.) Avoid direct skin contact with dangerous plants (use appropriate clothing) Beware of hunting seasons and the activities of hunters - wear high visibility clothing
Medical information forms must be up to date and submitted to the person-in-charge before departing for the field - Do not go into the field if you are feeling unwell - illness exacerbates all risks in the field Should you become ill in the field let the person-in-charge know immediately You should carry your own first aid kid and personal medication with you in the field at all times Above all else, use your own good judgment and common sense to work safely in the field. Protect yourself.
(i)The person-in-charge has filled out a Field Activities Safety Awareness form that checks off potential field hazards related to this field activity. This form is available as a web link for all participants to access and review. (ii) The person-in-charge has completed an Emergency Plan form available as a web link for all participants to access and review. (iii) The person-in-charge will complete an Incident Report Form if safety is significantly compromised or an accident occurs. (iv) Trip participants must complete a Declaration of Informed Consent and submit the form to the person-in-charge prior to departure. (v) Trip participants must complete a Medical Information form and submit the form to the person-in-charge. The form will be shredded when the field activity concludes. Safety-related documents to review or complete -