In this portal you will find information on available training for field researchers.



Field First Aid & Field Trip Planning

UCSB’s Environmental Health and Safety offers two optional Field Safety Planning and Field First Aid classes during the fall and spring quarters for researchers and students who work in the field. These classes cover adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. 

The classes are taught by individuals with years of field experience and are designed to provide researchers and students with field first aid training and assist with preparing for work in the field. Below is a brief outline for each opportunity. 


Jamie Bishop
Field Safety Coordinator



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The student to teach ratio is kept low and spaces are limited.

Field Safety Planning at 2 pm is required in order to attend
Field First Aid at 3 pm.


Field Safety Planning

DATE: Friday, April 12, 2024
TIME: 2pm - 3pm
LOCATION: EHS Patio and Training Room





    • Risk Assessment
    • Participants Info
    • Hospital Options
    • Emergency Contact & UC Insurance Options
    • Communication Options



Field First Aid

DATE: Friday, April 12, 2024
TIME: 3pm - 8pm
LOCATION: EHS Patio and Training Room





  • Duty of Care
  • Scene Safety
  • Initial Assessment
  • Lifting and Moving
  • Basic Neurological Assessment
  • Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
  • Controlling Bleeding
  • Strains, Sprains & Fractures
  • Bites and Stings
  • Shock Management
  • General Medical Emergencies
    • Wound Infection
    • Asthma
    • Heart Attack
    • Diabetic Emergencies
    • Burns
    • Seizures
    • Poisoning
  • Temperature Related Injuries
  • Adult CPR and AED Training
  • Use of Epinephrine and Naloxone Auto-Injectors

Optional First Aid Card available for $25.

Wilderness First Aid

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REI hosts NOLS WFA courses over the weekends at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Check REI's website for space.
Upcoming course with availability: October 12-13, 2024.
Course costs is from $350; EHS Field Research Safety will pay 70% of the course cost.* 

The UCSB Rec Cen will offer 16 hour Wilderness First Aid, which is on March 30-31, 2024, from 7:45am - 6pm. 
Please provide in your request your name as it should appear on the certificate of completion, your email address and your phone number. This information will be provided to the Rec Cen to save a spot in the course and for course-related information.
EHS Field Research Safety will pay 70% of the course cost.* 

*The fine print: Funds for WFA training are available to those who are affiliated with UC Santa Barbara. Use your email when asking about the availability of funds.
Other UC affiliates are welcome to attend a UC Santa Barbara-coordinated WFA course; contact your campus' Field Safety Officer about using your campus' loss prevention funds.
Volunteers must be registered and covered by UC Santa Barbara Workers Compensation to qualify. 

Contact for a grant to attend a Wilderness First Aid course. 

The remaining 30% of the course cost is paid by a departmental recharge number or a personal check made out to the "UC Regents" and sent to Jamie Bishop, EHS Field Research Safety, 565 Mesa Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5132. 


Wildfire Smoke Protection Training

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In an effort to protect outdoor workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently approved an emergency regulation establishing new protection requirements(Cal/OSHA Title 8 Section 5141.1.)

The standard is applicable when the Air Quality Index for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is 151 or greater. It applies to employees who work outside or in non-filtered buildings and/or vehicles for more than one hour per shift. Use the Decision - Making Matrix below to help guide in the event of a wildfire.

The University of California has measures in place to inform you of, and protect you from, the dangers of inhaling wildfire smoke. To complete Wildfire Smoke Training:

1. Review the information provided in the handout.

2. Take the test to receive credit.

For more information and resources on protection from wildfire visit the EH&S - Industrial Hygiene webpage.


Additional Training

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Training to Promote Safe and Inclusive Fieldwork

  • UC Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series, including topics of preventing harassment in the field, creating safe learning environments, and promoting safe fieldwork culture for diverse researchers
  • Field Futures offers a suite of interactive workshops developed by a team of field researchers at UC Santa Cruz to help your team identify the unique risks posed by fieldwork, and offer evidence-based tools, field-ready protocols, and hands-on skills practice. Armed with these tools, all field participants can learn to prevent, intervene in, and respond to harassment and assault.