Policy, Codes of Practice and Guidance
This policy, codes of practice and guidance is based on the document ‘Guidance on Safety in Fieldwork’ published by The University Safety and Health Association, (USHA, 2005). Consideration has also been given to the recently published British Standard, BS 8848, ‘A Specification for adventurous activities, expeditions, visits and fieldwork outside the UK’.
It outlines the necessary steps to be taken for the safe management of fieldwork activities, at home and overseas. This is not a fully comprehensive guide as too many special situations can exist within the University the examples are given throughout the text for guidance. It should always be appreciated that the critical starting point of field work is the risk assessment and this must be carried out before the activity takes place.
In this section:
Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance
- Useful contacts
- Methods of communication
- Introduction to hazard identification and risk assessment (including the Hazard/risk assessment form)
The following checklists are meant as an aid to planning rather than a comprehensive plan in themselves. Because of the diversity of fieldwork, the hazards and risks will show great variation and it is for those leading, or otherwise responsible for, the fieldwork to make appropriate plans and risk assessments.
As with any form of risk assessment, a careful and systematic approach is needed and it is useful to talk through the assessment with a colleague who has some knowledge of the work to be undertaken and the conditions that are likely to be encountered.