Field Research Safety

Tools and Services


Developing a Field Safety Plan is an essential part of ensuring your field work occurs in a safe and effective manner. Key elements of a Field Safety Plan include:

  • Research Team Information
  • Emergency and Evacuation Plan Including First Aid Procedures & Essential Phone numbers
  • Communication Options and a Check-In Plan
  • Risk Assessment and Precautions
  • Heat Illness Prevention and Response

This UCSB Field Safety Plan was developed as a tool for researchers in planning a safe field work experience. Please use this plan to help prepare for your field work and contact EH&S if you have any questions.

  • Field Safety Plan    PDF   Word
  • First Aid Kit Recommendations    Word


Epinephrine Auto-Injector Program

As of 2017 state laws have been updated to allow businesses and public agencies to keep epinephrine auto injectors on hand to help treat emergency allergic reactions.
EH&S, UCSB in collaboration with Student Health have established an official procedure which would allow you to obtain a prescription and purchase an epinephrine auto-injector for your first aid kit. 

It is possible for field researchers to borrow on a temporary basis epinephrine auto injectors (Epi-Pens) from EH&S. If you are interested in borrowing epinephrine auto injectors, please contact Nelly Traitcheva at least 6 weeks prior your departure.



Travel Insurance

Register your trip with UC Away to obtain travel insurance documentation and location-specific travel alerts via e-mail. By registering at UC Away you create an account with Worldcue-TRAVELER. Worldcue® TRAVELER uses a traveler's specific itinerary or expatriate's assignment and personal profile to deliver customized reports and alerts.

Risk Management and Insurance

The UCSB Risk Management and Insurance's webpage provides detailed information regarding risk management related insurances. Questions or concerns regarding work related travel can be directed to UCSB Risk Management at 805-893-4169

International Travel

UCGO is a webpage developed by UCOP which provides information and resources in support of UC's global activities.