Safe Fieldwork in the UK
SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAFE FIELDWORK IN THE UK
- Take note of the information and advice in relevant sections of the GCUK Health & Safety Policy and other documents to which it refers. If you do not understand what you read, or disagree with it, refer to the Project Leader.
- Get appropriate training. Know how to use a map and compass.
- Take care of yourself and others around you.
- Find out the particular risks of your work and plan for them.
- Always be suitably clad and equipped for the local terrain and the possible weather extremes which could occur there.
- Get the protective clothing and safety equipment you need for your work, and use it properly.
- Always carry a small first aid kit (or have one readily available) and know how to use it.
- Do not do fieldwork unless you are in good health.
- Maintain your tetanus coverage.
- Always ensure that someone knows, or can easily find out, where you are working and when you are expected to return.
- Know how to do basic first aid, including resuscitation.
- Know the international distress signals.
- Report accidents and illnesses.
- Be aware of likely hazards in your particular working environment.
- Always move carefully over the ground.
- Take precautions against possible health and injury hazards.
- Do not concentrate on your work to the exclusion of hazard awareness.
- Do not let pressures of work over-ride your sense of self-preservation.
- Take no unnecessary risks.
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