Field Research Safety

“The paramount goal of field safety is the preservation of life, health, property, and the environment.”

S. Alpay et al,
Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Vol 18., Chapter 3.2., 65-89, 2014



The impact on fieldwork during the UCSB research shutdown

The Office of Research requires all local field work (100 miles off campus or less) to be approved by your Building Committee and the Dean. 

Projects that take place more than 100 miles away from campus, or field work, which is local but requires the participation of a big group of people (5 or more) should be approved by the Building Committee, the Off-Site Research Committee (OSRC) and the Dean.

Please complete a Covid-Safety Plan and submit it for review with your Building Committee.

With any questions, please contact

COVID-19 Field Protocol Worksite Planning Checklist is available for approved research projects.


What's New

First time traveling abroad? Consider taking the available online training UC Abroad available on the Learning Center.

UC Field Operations Safety Manual
Epinephrine Auto-Injector Program 
Field Safety Equipment Loaner Program
Hazard Tables to assist you in your Risk Assessment
Updated Field Safety Plan Template


Upcoming Training

Training is postponed until the Fall Quarter, 2021


Research Safety Newsletter

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Field Research Safety

Nelly Traitcheva

Nelly Traitcheva, CSP
Field Safety Officer & Laboratory Safety Specialist
c. 805.680.2118

Eric Hessell

Eric Hessell
UCSB Dive and Boat Safety Officer
o. 805.893.4559