Fieldwork Health & Safety

'Fieldwork' is defined as any activity undertaken by researchers as part of their academic commitments, which takes place outside the normal confines of the Department. Fieldwork therefore includes excavations, field walking surveys, sample collections, interviews, museum visits and laboratory work outside the normal confines of the Department. Fieldwork for day and residential field trips forming part of Undergraduate or Masters' courses will normally be planned, but not necessarily supervised, by a member of the academic staff. Fieldwork for final year dissertations (Undergraduate) will be planned by the student in consultation with his/her Director of Studies, and for Masters' and Ph.D. dissertations and in consultation with the Supervisor. Fieldwork for staff will be planned by the researcher, in consultation with their supervisor or line manager where necessary.

Risk assessments must be carried out for each type of offsite working. University advice on Fieldwork Safety can be found here:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/offices/safety/fieldwork/  
(might require Raven log-in).

Below you will find information about Risk Assessment procedures (including links to the appropriate forms).

Risk Assessment for Fieldwork

All individuals working within the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Cambridge should complete and file a fieldwork risk assessment with the Department prior to any offsite working.
This includes:
•  all staff members
•  all research students
•  emeriti academics retired from the University of Cambridge or who are currently working within the Department
•  affiliated scholars for whom the University of Cambridge is their only academic affiliation.
Please see below for the risk assessment forms by category. For larger projects (concerning several individuals), the lead researcher should complete a Project Safety Plan. Each Division may have specific regulations for fieldwork and offsite working above and beyond what is listed here. Please consult each divisional website for specific information.

A risk assessment should be completed for each period of offsite working. Please follow the information given in the Safety manual to assess what are the necessary steps you must take.

RISK ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS FOR ALL FIELDWORK TYPES:
All students engaged in any fieldwork activity (excavation, survey, museum visits, conference/workshop participation), of whatever duration, must complete this form after discussion with your research supervisor (MPhil and PhD students) or Director of Studies (undergraduate students). Please follow the detailed instructions on the form.

RISK ASSESSMENT FOR STAFF:
All staff engaged in any fieldwork activity (excavation, survey, museum visits, conference/workshop participation), of whatever duration, must complete a risk assessment. Please follow details below.

Risk assessment for conference/workshop attendance:
All researchers travelling to participate in a conference or workshop must complete this form. Please follow the detailed instructions on the form. Additionally each fieldwork participant (also non-Cambridge based participants if covered by the University Insurance) has to complete a Fieldwork Project Personal Information Form.Please follow detailed instructions on the forms.

Risk assessment for museum visits:
All researchers travelling to visit or study/sample a collection in a museum must complete this form. Please follow the detailed instructions on the form. Additionally each fieldwork participant (also non-Cambridge based participants if covered by the University Insurance) has to complete a Fieldwork Project Personal Information Form. Please follow detailed instructions on the forms.

Risk assessment for all other types of fieldwork - information for researchers conducting their own fieldwork and for Project PIs:
All project PIs and researchers directing any fieldwork activity, of whatever duration, must complete a 'Fieldwork Project Health & Safety Plan' and a 'Fieldwork Project Risk Assessment'. Both can be done via this form. Additionally each fieldwork participant (also non-Cambridge based participants if covered by the University Insurance) has to complete a Fieldwork Project Personal Information Form. Please follow detailed instructions on the forms.

If you have project specific risk assessment forms and participant information forms, you are welcome to use them in addition to the forms on this webpage.

Risk assessment for participants of any type of fieldwork directed by other researchers:
The risk assessment must be done by the project PI or researchers directing the fieldwork activity you are participating in. They have to provide you with a copy of the 'Fieldwork Project Health & Safety Plan' and 'Fieldwork Project Risk Assessment'. Furthermore, each fieldwork participant (also non-Cambridge based participants if covered by the University Insurance) has to complete a Fieldwork Project Personal Information Form. Please follow detailed instructions on the form.

 

 

 

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