Field Research Safety

Field research encompasses any outdoor activities in remote or uncontrolled environments that are conducted primarily for research purposes, and can pose levels of risk to research team members which may range from minimal to potentially lethal. To address this, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has developed a Field Research Safety Program. As part of the scope of this program, employees and students of SDSU (and SDSURF) that perform field research activities beyond the geographic boundaries of university property are strongly encouraged to submit a Field Research Safety Plan (FRSP). The purpose of this document is to anticipate potential hazards and to lay out plans to prevent or mitigate them. For this to be fully effective, the FRSP has to be completed and reviewed by all participants and by EHS. 

This page contains information that will help you conduct your field research safely, whether you are a few miles from your office or on the other side of the globe.

Researcher on boat in arctic ice

Figure 1 - Ecosystem ecologist and post-doctoral fellow Kyle Arndt checking on the measurement equipment set up by SDSU in Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska. Online Source: SDSU Newscenter

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