Field Equipment Safety List

Your Safety Equipment Checklist should be formed when you are preparing the Field Activity Plan.  Safety equipment includes but may not be limited to the following: 

  • First Aid Kit and Manual
  • Navigational Tools (Maps, Compass, GPS, etc.)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (safety boots, protective eyewear, hardhat, etc.)
  • Communication Devices
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Vehicle Safety Equipment  
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Batteries
  • Allergy or other Medications
  • Water Purification Tables or Filter Devices
  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Flashlight
  • Spare Tire (maybe two)
  • Road Flares
  • Bug Spray
  • Epi Pen (Physician prescribed for person carrying kit)
  • Normal Work Clothing:
    Appropriate regular work attire should be chosen according to the environment and type of work to be performed. If employees are subject to having their legs, feet, and arms scraped (by rocks, thorns, tree branches, etc…) then long pants, shirts with sleeves, socks and shoes (no sandals) are required. Other factors that could affect the selection of normal work attire include temperature, biological activity (ticks and plant life), and excessive exposure to the suns’ ultraviolet rays.
  • Eye and Face Protection:
    Eye and face protection should be selected when an individual is exposed to hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation. See Part 18 of the OH&S Code. Hazards to Consider Include: Chemical Splashes, Dust, Smoke and Fumes, Projectiles, Welding, Heat, Glare, Biohazards,Tree/bush Branches
  • Respiratory Protection & Hearing Protection:
    Selection of respirators is based upon contaminants, exposure level, and work rate. Consult with the Uof A Environmental Health and Safety for questions pertaining to the selection of respiratory protection. Selection of hearing protection should be based on Time Weighted Average. If you believe that you or your employees are exposed to noise in excess of 85 DBA averaged over 8 hours (or equivalent) or if you have questions regarding exposure to high noise levels, contact UofA EHS.
  • Head Protection:
    If individuals work in areas where they are exposed to falling objects (large enough to cause injury) or overhead electrical hazards, then head protection should be worn. Head protection should meet ANSI Z89.1 requirements and will be marked appropriately. Know the expiration date on your hard hat, which is located on the underside of the hat. Hard hats break down over time. After the expiry date, replace the hard hat.
  • Hand and Arm Protection:
    Appropriate hand protection should be selected for individuals whose hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, sharp edges, severe abrasions, punctures, chemicals burns, thermal burns, harmful temperatures, splinters, animal teeth, and claws.
  • Bear Spray and other Dangerous Goods
    Please note that if you are planning to ship bear spray to your research site, you will have to make arrangements for shipping well in advance as it is a dangerous good.  Please see Transportation of Goods information.  For a good supplier of bear safety equipment, see Margo Supplies.