Top 5 Tips for Field Research

Top 5 Tips for Field Research

  • Hire staff and select grad students carefully to ensure suitability for the field conditions and driver requirements
  • Create Field Activities Plan to help ensure due diligence and see Field Research Planning Tool to make sure you have not forgotten any small details
  • Obtain permits or permissions for access to the field sites - see our list of frequently used Canadian permits.  For the importance of obtaining the proper permits, read a news article about how American geology grad students were arrested in Brazil for collecting samples without the proper permits
  • Plan well in advance to organize training, obtain safety or other equipment and check that field equipment is in good working order before departure
  • Once you have prepared a Field Activities Plan and identified hazards using the hazard assessment and control tool to get a good start, order a free Daily Field Safety Log Book to record any new hazards and controls implemented when in the field.