Human Resources

Health and Safety

Fieldwork and Field Trips

Fieldwork is a valuable aspect of teaching and learning, and is often an essential part of research; organised field trips and recreational visits also benefit learning and enhance the student experience. The documents at the bottom of this page are intended to enable staff responsible for organising field trips to ensure appropriate arrangements for health and safety are in place. The intention is to provide relevant information and procedures for staff organising trips taking place within the UK and overseas.

The Fieldwork Guidance intends to provide support for fieldwork activities to ensure they take place safely without unwarranted restrictions.

The general duties outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 apply to all activities under the control or direction of the University including off-site activities such as fieldwork. The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has produced specific guidance on Health and Safety in Fieldwork.

The University has a moral and legal obligation to ensure the health and safety for persons participating in fieldwork. This includes:

  • Giving approval for fieldwork.
  • Identifying the hazards and risks associated with the fieldwork.
  • Establishing suitable controls to manage those hazards and risks.
  • Ensure the competence of all staff involved
  • Confirming the suitability of 3rd party fieldwork providers
  • Planning for potential emergency situations.

This Fieldwork Guidance is to be used by Heads of Department and other senior management (or equivalent) to assist them in the production of "local rules" for both staff and students engaged on field-work.

If you are travelling overseas please visit the Overseas Travel web page.

For the University's risk assessment template please visit the Health & Safety Office Risk Assessment web page.

Fieldwork Dietary and Medical Questionnaire [Word (.doc) - 206 KB Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:00:00 BST]

Fieldwork Guidance [Acrobat (.pdf) - 120 KB Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:00:00 BST]

Blank Risk Assessment Form [Word (.doc) - Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:00:00 BST]