Field Safety and Training

Remote travel to conduct field research can be challenging in many ways. Adverse situations in the field may be difficult to overcome for lack of planning. Any remote trip to the field should include developing a Remote Travel Emergency Plan, performing Hazard Assessments of the research tasks performed, and completing any requisite safety training prior to departure.

UAF Nanook Recreation Field Safety Courses

Working in the field has a unique set of challenges and risks. UAF Outdoor Adventures staff recognizes those hazards and has worked with researchers on campus to design courses that will give you the tools, tips and tricks to help mitigate some of the risk associated with field work. Current course offerings:

  • Field Safety 101
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
  • Remote Worker Water Safety
  • Aviation Safety (fixed wing and helicopter safety)
  • Learn more about Nanook Recreation Field Safety Courses, dates offered, and fees

Safely handling and shipping hazardous materials

A variety of hazardous materials (hazmat) are used in research, including chemicals, battery-powered equipment, and gas-powered equipment. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates transport of hazmat. Proper transportation requires training, proper packaging, and sometimes paperwork.  Failure to comply with USDOT regulations can result in fines and/or prosecution.

UAF Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) can help you with shipping hazmat to and from the field or to collaborators at other institutions.  There is no charge for this service, although you pay for shipping supplies and cost.  

  • Request help from EHSRM with shipping your hazmat — Ideally, we receive these requests at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired shipping date.
  • Some biological materials and soils may require permits in order to ship.  Contact the UAF Office of Research Integrity with questions and for assistance.
  • EHSRM provides hazmat shipping training to interested individuals.  If you ship often, or would like to be a resource for your department, contact us at 474-5617 or 474-6771.

Field safety forms and documents