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


Before You Go:


  1. Develop a Field Safety Plan.
  2. All trip participants should take the Heat Illness Prevention Training (UCSB Learning Center).
  3. Register all participants in the trip with UC Away for UC Travel Insurance.
  4. Students and volunteers must sign a Waiver of Liability.

Upcoming Training

Field First Aid and Field Trip Planning, Fall Quarter, 2021 is already full. We will see you in the spring.

Wilderness First Aid for Trip Leaders is scheduled for February 22th-24st, 2022. Interested? Complete this survey.

First time traveling abroad? UC Abroad, an online training is available on the Learning Center.


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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