Fieldwork safety

University staff and students undertake a range of fieldwork activities as part of their studies. Fieldwork risk assessments are essential for planning for all safety contingencies.

Fieldwork may range from research questionnaire studies in urban areas to operating in remote geographical areas such as forests and alpine areas either within NZ or overseas.

Each type of field activity will have its own unique hazards that must be managed taking into account the experience and size of group that will be involved.

The following University documents should be referred to:

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Safety Guidelines - Fieldwork
(55.3 kB, MSWORD)
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Fieldwork Safety Checklist
(68.6 kB, MSWORD)

More information

There is more information about the operation of boats, diving equipment, kayaks and aspects of maritime safety.

There is also more information about the operation of motor vehicles and quad bikes and information about vehicle safety.

In late 2011 Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations came into force. This new legislation sets out safety requirements that must be developed and implemented by adventure tourist operators. The regulations apply to commercal operators that undertake activities such as kayaking, caving, white water rafting, rock climbing etc.  To find out more about these regulations and how they may relate to the educational sector click on this link 

 The following agencies can assist with fieldwork planning: