Field Safety

It is a DRI policy that all students, employees, and visitors participating in research in the field will observe and follow safe procedures and practices to ensure their well-being and the health of the environment. The EH&S Office provides programs and guidelines that should be followed by all field researchers, with the understanding that not every possible situation can be covered.

Field Resources and Tools


Field Emergency Noticiation System

html iconDEFEND Field Trip Emergency Notification System and user manuals: iconGetting Started with DEFEND & iconDEFEND Email Interface

icon DRI Field Emergency Bag Inventory and Inventory Photo

Note: These bags are meant to be taken with locator beacons.

Field Safety Policies and Programs

White boxFieldwork Safety Checklist (Guidelines/Procedures) - See the EH&S Forms page
iconHAMP - Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Plan and HAMP Boilerplate Language
iconPersonal Protective Equipment Levels - Descriptions (HAZWOPER A-D - OSHA)

DRI Field Guidelines

iconAltitude Sickness Guidelines
iconATV Safety Guidelines
iconBattery Use Guidelines
iconElectrical Safety Guidelines for Temporary Field Work Setups
White boxForms - See EH&S Forms page
White boxHeat Stress
White boxWhite boxiconHeat Stress Fact Sheet
White boxWhite boxiconTips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
White boxWhite boxiconRecognizing and Treating Heat-Related Illness
iconLightning Safety Guidelines
White boxPPE Assessment Form - See the EH&S Forms page
iconRural Road Driving Considerations
iconShelter From the Storm: Back Country Survival
White boxSoil Movement Regulations - See the Soils Permits page
iconTower Safety Guidelines
White boxWater Safety

White boxWhite boxiconBoating Safety Guidelines

        iconKayaking Guideline
White boxWhite boxiconSafety Guidelines for Working near Water
White boxWildlife
White boxWhite boxiconGeneral Wildlife Safety Guidelines
White boxWhite boxiconRattlesnake Safety Guidelines
White boxWhite boxiconSpider and Snake Avoidance Guidelines
White boxWhite boximg icon pdfUSGS field guide section on Animals (includes identifying spiders/snakes)
White boxWinter Activities
White boxWhite boxiconAvalanche Safety Guidelines
White boxWhite boxiconBackcountry Winter Safety Policy
White boxWhite boxiconClothing and Equipment for Winter Field Work Guidelines
White boxWhite boximg icon pdfCold Stress Info from OSHA
White boxWhite boxiconWinter Driving Safety Guidelines
White boxWhite boxiconGuidelines for Avoiding and Treating Common Winter Injuries
White boxWhite boxiconSafety Guide for Operations on Ice
White boxWhite boxiconSnowmobile Safety Guidelines
White boxWhite boximg icon pdfWinter Weather Terminology
iconWaiver and Release Form for Minors in Laboratories or Field Studies (Internal Use Only)

Additional Field Safety Guidelines & References & Support Material

See the EH&S External Links page for additional resources.


While the information and recommendations contained on the DRI EH&S web site have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, the EH&S Department and the Desert Research Institute makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency, or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required depending on the situation/circumstances. For specific information regarding government regulations, please contact the official regulatory agency.

In addition, our pages contain links to many outside web pages. DRI EH&S is not responsible for the content of those sites. Links do not indicate endorsement, sponsorship, recommendation, or approval by DRI EH&S.

Our EH&S programs, policies and procedures are our own and they may or may not meet the approval of other authorities and regulatory agencies. While we make them freely available to the public by posting them, our material may not be used for the purpose of resale or profit. If you want to use our information verbatim, please send us an email telling how you will be using our materials and provide credit to DRI EH&S.

We also request that if you find broken links or any information posted on the DRI EH&S web pages you believe to be in error, that you let us know at EHS@DRI.EDU, so we can make the appropriate changes. 

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