Planning a Field Research Trip
Planning and proper preparation is a foundation for the success of field courses and research trips. We encourage you to take the following steps in preparation for your trip:
- Assess Potential Hazards
- Develop a Field Safety Plan
- Register your trip for UC travel insurance
- Identify appropriate equipment, gear and First Aid Kit. If you would like to add an epinephrine auto injector to your first aid kit e-mail Nelly.Traitcheva@ucsb.edu. Consider using our free service and take a satellite communicator on your trip.
For a list of important safety equipment to bring in the field and in your vehicle, refer to chapter 1 of the UC Field Research Safety Manual
- Complete required forms/documentation (e.g. UC Waiver of Liability, required permits, etc.)
Students and other university participants, who are not being paid while in the field, must sign and return to the supervisor the UC Waiver of Liability prior to departing for the field trip. UC Waiver of Liability must be kept for three years in the department that generates them.
- Consider transportation options, automobile insurance & precautions.
- Take the Field Safety Training. You will not regret it.
- Heat Illness Prevention Standard requires all employers with outdoor worksites with temperatures exceeding 80 degree of Fahrenheit to take certain steps to prevent heat related illness. Everyone working in the field should take the available online Heat Illness Prevention Training. In addition Heat Illness Prevention Plan should be developed. Our Field Safety Plan Template includes Heat illness Prevention Plan (p.4)
- Be prepared to report an incident or an injury.
- Communicate all the relevant information with participants before the trip.
- Free Safety Mobile Apps to consider