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Definition: Fieldwork is any work, carried out in the UK or abroad, where the collection of samples or data, or making observations is carried out at a location or premises not owned or managed by UCL.

Risks: The risks associated with fieldwork will vary according to the location and method of data or sample collection. Risks may arise from the following factors:

  • work on or near water
  • poor sanitation
  • excavations
  • weather conditions e.g. high or low temperatures
  • terrain e.g. mountains or desert
  • isolated locations where normal methods of communication don't work e.g. mobile phones
  • pre-existing conditions affecting the fieldworker e.g. allergies, health conditions
  • vehicles and transport
  • moving and handling equipment

NB A model fieldwork risk assessment is available in the RiskNET Risk Assessment tool which can be accessed via SafetyNET.

If the fieldwork is conducted abroad the following factors must be considered when planning the trip:

  • the social and political situation of the destination. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may advise against travel to some countries and regions. If you decide to disregard this advice UCLs Insurance provider may not provide cover.
  • immunisations that may be required in advance of the trip. Some immunisations must be administered weeks in advance to be effective.



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