Field Safety


Field Safety Program

Central Michigan University has developed a policy for field work performed by faculty, staff, and students. The documents below supplement the policy and assist individuals with meeting the requirements of the Field Work Safety Policy.

Field Work Safety Policy 

Duke Safety Guidelines for Fieldwork

Aquatic Work Hazards

Physical and Environmental Hazards

Documents

Field Safety Policy Acknowledgment  - This form is to be completed annually by faculty and staff who lead field trips.

Fieldwork Safety Plan - (Updated March 2019) This form is to be completed for each field trip excursion.  The plan should be submitted to the department chair at least one week prior to departure.

Field Trip Health Information Form - (Updated March 2019) The purpose of this form is to gather information that may be needed in the event of an injury or accident during field activities.  The information will be given to first responders in the event of an injury and kept confidential.  All field trip participants are required to complete and submit the form prior to participating in field work activities.  It is the sole responsibility of the participant to inform the Field Trip Leader of any serious health issues that could affect participation in the field activity.  Students should contact Student Disability Services to request accommodations.

Accidental Personal Injury Report - This form should be used to report student injuries.

Informed Consent for Participation in Field Trip - This form is required for students participating in class field trips.  It is permissible to use one informed consent form per class (with multiple field trips per class), provided a description of all of the various trips is provided to the students.

Waiver of Liability and Release Form - This form is required for volunteers participating in field trips.

Proposed Educational Trip Form - This form is to be completed for each field trip excursion.  The form should be submitted to Risk Management at least one week prior to departure.

Safety Gear Checklist - This checklist is a guidance document to discuss suggested items that might be needed on a field trip.

Land-Based Travel Itinerary - This form is used to supplement the fieldwork safety plan.  The itinerary lays out specific remote excursions that are planned, and is filed with a responsible party at a home base location who is aware of the day's schedule and activities.  This person can call for assistance when the field team does not return by the expected time.

Water-Based Travel Itinerary - This form is used to supplement the fieldwork safety plan.  The itinerary lays out specific boat trip excursions that are planned, and is filed with a responsible party on shore who is aware of the day's schedule and activities.  This person can call for assistance when the field team does not return by the expected time.

SCUBA Dive Itinerary - This form is used to supplement the fieldwork safety plan.  The itinerary lays out specific details of the scheduled dives that are planned, and is filed with a responsible party on shore who is aware of the day's schedule and activities.  This person can call for assistance when the SCUBA team does not return by the expected time.

Electrofishing - The purpose of this form is to serve as a daily safety checklist to complete before electrofishing.