Field Trips and Working Off Campus
Guidance on Safety in FieldworkThe purpose of this guidanceis to ensure that fieldwork activities are properly assessed and appropriate control measures are implemented.
The University has adopted the Guidance on Safety in Fieldwork jointly published by the University Safety and Health Association (USHA) and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).
The definition of fieldwork is wide and embraces activities that perhaps may not be thought of as fieldwork, such as social survey interviews.
The Code of Practice gives guidance on how to assess the safety aspects of fieldwork and the precautions that should be implemented.
Duties and Responsibilities
Head of Department
- to determine whether any departmental activities fall within the definition of fieldwork and, if this is the case, to implement the USHA/UCEA Guidance
- to ensure that any fieldwork is covered by adequate insurance arrangements
- to ensure that the procedures concerning health matters are implemented for any fieldwork trips that are expected to last more than 5 days