Field Safety

The documents below can be modified to fit the unique needs of your individual field projects. To determine which parts of the field safety plan apply to your project, please see the Field Safety Plan Applicability Flowchart.


UMD Field Safety Program

Project-Specific Training Log for Fieldwork

Template Site Safety Plan

Template Employee Tracking Log

Template Field Equipment Checklist


Field Safety Program Training

Online Fieldwork Training Resources

Frequently Asked Questions:

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When do I need to create a Site Safety Plan (SSP)?

There must be a SSP for employees conducting fieldwork when any of the following conditions are true:

  1. The fieldwork involves hazardous materials, equipment, or processes.
  2. The fieldwork involves overnight stay.
  3. The fieldwork is in a remote location where communication with each other and/or emergency contacts would be a challenge.

What is considered a hazardous material, equipment, or task?

The PI and field crew should make this determination. Generally, any activity, equipment, or task which poses a risk of injury/illness to the crew. Examples: working from a boat, in deeper water, or on ice, using a chainsaw, using corrosive chemicals or formaldehyde, operating a snowmobile or ATV.

Who should I share my SSP with and how should I do this?

The SSP can be shared with as many people as you feel necessary. It must be shared with the Point of Contact (POC) and your Department Safety Officer. It's a good idea to also share it with the EHSO, friends, family, faculty, and office personnel. You can share your SSP using Google Drive or similar methods.

What/Who is a point of contact (POC)?

A POC is a designated person who is responsible for making sure the crew checks in and has access to the SSP and emergency contact information. This person will also need to take action if the crew does not check in when they are supposed to. It is the PI's responsibility to find a POC if they cannot act as one.

What to do if a crew does not check in when they are supposed to?

Make every effort to contact the crew- call, text, or e-mail if possible. If the crew is in a remote location you can send a text or email to the inReach or other GPS/satellite unit. If you have tried this and still cannot reach the crew, contact the campground, park, or location in which they are working, as stated in the SSP.