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 following travel and activities are outside the parameters of this Standard but still have a requirement for completion of a Field Level Hazard Assessment (FLHA) and may be subject to compliance with the Driver and Vehicle Safety Standard:
- Low hazard travel and trips where there is a low potential for activities to cause physical injury, damage, or adverse health effects to a person, equipment, property, or environment.
- 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
- 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
Practicum activities that are covered under the health and safety management system of another organization and registered programs that are publicly accessible are outside the parameters of this Standard.
Standard & Procedures
Implementation of the Standard is accomplished by following a five-step process. Procedures for each step are below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone doing field research or field school where activities will take place out of doors.
Industry Leaders will have OHS oversight at the worksite. UC will have OHS oversight during travel to and from the worksite.
The student can provide email confirmation of training completion.
Yes, this is an AB OHS legislative requirement addressing the “worker’s right to know” the hazards of the workplace. (AB OHS Code Part 2 Section 8).
Yes, AB OHS Code requires hazard assessment to be completed before work begins at the worksite and anytime there are new work processes introduced, the worksite conditions change. (AB OHS Code Part 2 Section 7(1-4).
No, only those who have first aid identified as a primary job task on a formal job profile specific hazard assessment and control form can be held accountable for provision of first aid assistance.
Complete a single Pre-Trip Plan to be approved by the Department Head. Include an outline of expected trips/ locations/people involved. Review the approved Pre-Trip Plan in the Daily Briefing and document any new hazards accordingly. All participants sign the Daily Briefing document.
Only the approved Pre-Trip Plan and required participant documentation needs to be filed before your trip. All other documentation can be filed upon your return to campus.
Yes, electronic signatures or sign off can be used out in the field.
No, only the Pre-Trip Plan requires the signature of the Department Head or other representative as identified by the Dean, to confirm that the document has been reviewed and to confirm that the document is complete. EHS may audit program implementation by periodically asking users to demonstrate adherence to this standard.
Criteria for when field activities related to team building would be subject to the Field Safety Standard are:
- Workers are required or expected to attend
- The activity occurs during regular work hours
- The University of Calgary, faculty, department is funding the activity (eg, participants can charge mileage)
If none of these conditions are met, then the team building activity would not be considered work related. The WCB has prepared an Employer Fact Sheet which provides additional guidance on work relatedness for team building activities.