FIELDWORK CHECK LIST Arrangements Pre-Planning Access and travel to/at/from location. Accommodation on site. Fitness and Training of Leaders and participants. Health, prophylaxis, fitness, special needs/incapacities/first aid Staff - responsibilities, delegation, competence, staff-student ratio Adequate supervision Arrangements for deputising. Information, instruction, training and experience General precautions Clothing and footwear requirements. Food and drink requirements, inc. emergency rations and fuels. Personnel Protective Equipment requirements Local contacts at field site Identification of local health services at field site UK contact Emergency arrangements - inc. evacuation, names and addresses of participants, their next of kin and GPs. (appendix) Communication arrangements - on site, with base and in field, language difficulties. Insurance cover and liabilities, group and individual. Equipment arranged. Safe systems of work devised and understood. Done Not Done 2. Hazards of Activity It is not possible to cover all sites and eventualities, but the Appendix provides some details of specific hazards from the following sources : Climate - rain, snow, mist/fog, UV, high and low temperatures, seasonality. Terrain/Location - uplands, lowlands, tropics, marine, coastal, inland waters, woodland, urban, roads/railways, underground. Biological - farm stock, flora, fauna, microbiological, food/drink. Chemical - pollution Mechanical - machinery, plant, tools, equipment. Electrical - generators, equipment, circuits. Human activity - farming, forestry, excavations, military, waste disposal, recreation. Work procedures - boats, diving, height, cooking/heating, vehicles, sampling, hazardous substances. Work abroad - vehicles, catering, local factors, and health. Transport - modes, choice of routes. General - lone working, health, fitness, behaviour, sampling, clothing, high places. 3. Fieldwork Risk Assessment Must be carried out for all proposed fieldwork activities. In an evaluation of the likelihood of a hazard causing harm, combined with the severity of its effect. Certain well-known hazards can be eliminated or the risks adequately controlled using generic assessments. Where a specific risk exists for which there is no ready control, a full assessment must be carried out. For all risks, adequate risk control measures must be in place. These may involve more than one precaution, e.g. Lone working only to be carried out in specified location; individual permission to be given; no undergraduates; known itinerary; check in times; and good communications. Training may be needed as a risk control measure. This may be general or specific, but must be suitable and sufficient. 4. Effects on locality Minimisation of pollution, waste and disturbance. Follow general principles : DO NOT disturb environments more than necessary DO NOT collect specimens UNLESS really necessary DO NOT hammer away indiscriminately DO NOT disturb animal and plant communities more than necessary DO NOT leave litter DO NOT smoke where there is a risk of fire DO NOT disturb livestock DO NOT damage walls, fences, stiles, etc. 5. Organisation and Conduct All necessary notifications have been made and permissions obtained for access, type of work, sample taking, etc. Ethical approval (both at site and UoE) All necessary documentation is available. Transport arranged. Catering arrangements. Day to day conduct and working practice (management, responsibilities, numbers and group working, roll-call, headcount, reporting, social activity). Equipment and maintenance arranged, including personal protective equipment. Emergencies (plan, location and communication with local emergency services, information to the University, consulate and relatives).