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

What's New

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UC Field Operations Safety Manual
Epinephrine Auto-Injector Program 
UC Satellite Device Loaner Program


Upcoming Training

1. FIELD SAFETY TRAINING, Fall Quarter (9.23.2019)


Melissa Cronin, UC Santa Cruz

On October the 11th (Friday) 2019 at 12 pm we will offer a 90-minute workshop:

Building a Better Fieldwork Future: Preventing & Managing Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Field

Melissa Cronin, UC Santa Cruz will lead a 90 minute workshop. Fieldwork is an important and often necessary component of many scientific disciplines, yet research suggests that it presents a high-risk setting for incidents of sexual harassment and assault. This workshop, developed by a team of field researchers at UC Santa Cruz, identifies the unique risks posed by fieldwork, and offers a suite of evidence-based tools for field researchers, instructors and students to prevent, intervene in, and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Through a series of practical intervention scenarios, this workshop guides participants in how to be an active and engaged bystander, how to report incidents, and how to plan field settings to minimize risk. Armed with these tools, participants can play a role in ensuring that field settings are safer, more equitable, and more welcoming for the next generation of field scientists.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. In case of increased interest we can add an additional session for 9 am in the morning.

Lunch (pizza) will be provided.


Eric Hessell
UCSB Dive and Boat Safety Officer
Nelly Traitcheva, CSP
Laboratory Safety Specialist