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
(805) 893-8894



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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: Monday, September 25, 2023
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: Monday, September 25, 2023
TIME: 3pm - 7pm
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 weekends in September and October at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.
EHS Field Research Safety would pay 70% of the course cost. 

The UCSB Rec Cen will post its courses in September 2023 for February and March 2024.
EHS Field Research Safety would cover 70% of the course cost. 

Contact for a grant to attend one of these Wilderness First Aid courses when registration information is posted. 


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.