Field Work Safety

UBC is committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of members of the UBC community who travel as part of their work, research and/or education. The Field Safety program applies to university-related activities that occur off of UBC campus locations whether it be for a field trip, field research or business trip. It is designed to provide the guidance, tools and resources to support the safety of UBC community members who are traveling and performing field work.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, International travel and field work is not currently part of the Travel and Field Safety program. Any associated requests will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. For inquiries, contact ready.ubc@ubc.ca (Vancouver) or ready.ok@ubc.ca (Okanagan) or for COVID-19 planning support regarding field work/research, please visit: https://research.ubc.ca/covid-19/conducting-off-campus-fieldwork

Field Work Safety

How do I create a new plan?

A field work safety plan is required for all field research activities. The template provides guidance to create a new plan to meet health and safety regulatory requirements.

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How do I check if my plan fulfills the requirements set out by UBC?

A field safety plan is required for all field research activities. The checklist ensures that all UBC health and safety requirements have been incorporated.

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Where can I find assistance in reviewing my plan before submitting to my Faculty of Department for approval?

Field Safety Planning Support and Approval Process

  1. Ensure you have a field safety plan for your field work activity.
  2. (Recommended) If you would like to request a review of your Field Work Safety Plan send an email to: UBC V – Safety and Risk Services (SRS) at ready.ubc@ubc.ca or UBC O – Campus Operations and Risk Management (CORM) at ready.ok@ubc.ca
  3. Follow your internal Faculty safety plan approval process.

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What do I do need to know before traveling internationally?

The UBC Travel Program is designed for faculty, staff and students who are traveling for UBC related business.

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Where can I find more information on field work  safety resources?

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