Field Safety Standard

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Environment, Health and Safety offers Field Safety Training


The Field Safety Standard includes procedures used to identify existing and potential field hazards as well as controls required to mitigate or manage associated risks. Hazard assessment and control is the foundation of the University’s Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) as only identified hazards can be eliminated or controlled. The objective of this Standard is to reduce risk to as low as is reasonably achievable for field activities related to research and instruction.


The University has developed and implemented this Field Safety Standard that clearly defines and stipulates the responsibilities of all workplace parties involved in academic research and instruction involving travel and field activities including:

  • Domestic Field Research
  • Domestic Field Schools and field trips
  • International Field Research
  • International Field Schools and study groups
  • Travel to research stations for Field Research of Field School activities
  • Field activities and travel related to team building and skill development

The following travel and activities are outside the parameters of this Standard but may still have a requirement for completion of a field hazard assessment (FLHA), field communication plan and/or journey management plan: 

  • Day trips within the City of Calgary
  • Travel and activities associated with conferences
  • Travel where there are no planned field related activities
  • Travel by sports teams and clubs
  • Practicum activities that are covered under the health and safety management system of another organization
  • Registered programs that are publicly accessible
  • Recruitment, fundraising, and promotional activities identified on a job profile hazard assessment and control form (HACF)
  • Facilities Management (FM), Project Management Office (PMO) related activities