Supervisors must ensure that participants are trained and competent to use equipment and perform their work safely. This is required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and the U of A's Health and Safety Responsibilities Procedure.
In the case of field research and studies, particular consideration needs to be given to the preparedness of the individual and their abilities to operate and function in the off-campus location and environment. Training needs for your team members should be identified during the completion of your Hazard/Risk Assessment. Training may involve a formal course or certification, or it may be done in an informal, hands-on way by a knowledgeable and experienced supervisor or leader.
If you are working with a research station or institution or with a particular partner, be aware that they may have their own training requirements, guidelines, etc. that you must comply with. As an example, please see the Polar Continental Shelf Project’s Operation Manual that specifically states you must be adequately trained for the Arctic if receiving support from them for your research. It also has useful details on their facilities, how the PCSP can help the field researcher, advice particular to the Arctic Researcher, etc.
Where to Get Your Training
We provide a few helpful links here – for full information on training options/resources, see the FRO List of Training Resources above.
- Animal Handling [REO, Animal Research Ethics]
- Bear Safety: Contact Field Research Office for Bear Safety Videos and visit ERSD BearSmart information.
- Biosafety [EHS]
- Chainsaw safety [See FRO's chainsaw event webpage]
- Chemical safety and chemical spill response [EHS]
- Clean up of areas containing mouse carcasses, urine and droppings [Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Info] and [Workplace Health and Safety Bulletin]
- Driver safety (Defensive Driving, Driver’s awareness, ATV Use [U of A, Fleet Safety]
- Fall protection
- Firearms safety-see FRO's Firearm page
- First Aid [EHS][Canada-wide First Aid Requirements]
- Standard First Aid with wilderness component
- Fire extinguisher use [UofA Fire Extinguisher Safety Training]
- Immunizations [Alberta Health Services Travel Clinic] [Atlas Immunization Clinics-Edmonton][University Wellness Services-University Health Centre]
- Travel Advisories [World Health Organization Travel Advisories]
- Infectious Agents [see EHS for MSDS Sheets]
- Propane and gasoline safety [Refer to manuals that exist, can see NFPA for fact sheets]
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) use
- Pesticide application [PESTICIDE SALES, HANDLING, USE AND APPLICATION REGULATION]
- Radiation safety [EHS]
- Vehicle safety: 4x4’s, trailers , snowmobiles, motorcycles, winch-use, RVs - see FRO trailer workshop event page and snowmobile training event page
- Respirator Protection [EHS]
- Transportation of dangerous goods [EHS]
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) [EHS link]
- Working Alone [UAlberta EHS Working Alone Protocol] [2009 WHS Explanation Guide to Part 28: Working Alone legislation] [WHS Explanation of Working Alone Requirements] [WHS Working Alone Safely Guide for Employers and Employees]