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 field work to be stopped unless exceptions are granted. For details, please refer to the memo posted on March 20th, 2020.

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


  1. Field Safety Training, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will offer a shorter online version of the training in September 2020. 

  2. Wildernes First Aid, WMA, 24 hour course. This course is sponsored by EH&S. Field Trip Leaders are invited to participate. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this course is postponed indefinetly.



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