Field Safety for Field Trip Leaders

Field activities are normally safe, but accidents do occur with potentially serious consequences, therefore measures need to be taken to reduce these risks. Field trip leaders, in most cases, are responsible for establishing and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for field trip participants. Exercising systematic efforts to reduce risk in the field will help to prevent potential accidents and emergency situations. This program will provide field trip leaders with a better understanding of how to prepare, organize and conduct a safe and effective field trip. The course will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, 2014, in Houston, Texas. For more information on this course: Field Safety for Field Trip Leaders

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who leads or coordinates field activities such as Field Trips, Field Seminars, Field Camps, or general field work for companies or student groups. Participants will acquire and practice strategies to prepare for and conduct safe and effective field activities. NOTE: This course will be offered about 10-days before the 2014 AAPG Annual Convention (April 6-9 in Houston, Texas), so that field trip leaders and other interested persons may attend the course before any field trips/field seminars are scheduled to be conducted during the convention and/or throughout the rest of the year.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will:

  • Be better prepared to assess their safety responsibilities as leaders in preparing for, planning, and conducting a safe and effective field trip.
  • Understand the value of having protocols and specific actions to execute a plan for responding to an emergency in the field.
  • Be more aware of field hazards and means to assess what conditions to consider (topography, steep slopes,cliff faces, etc.), and what weather conditions might make a field stop a “no-go”.
  • See the value of conducting a short safety briefing before going to the field each day, allowing trip attendees to give feedback about their safety concerns from the previous field day, and to understand thevalue of keeping an up-to-date daily Safety Logbook during the field trip.

Course Content

This field safety program is straightforward, widely applicable, and scaleable to the wide range of field activities, from short roadside stops to long, backcountry expeditions. This course provides classroom activities on Day 1 with instructor talks, group problem solving, and hands-on basic first aid scenarios. Day 2 is a trip to a field location where, during 4 field stops, participants will practice many of theĀ field-safety concepts discussed in the classroom. This course provides scenarios for implementing valuable field safety processes and a template for creating programs tailored to the needs of individual field trip leaders. We encourage all AAPG 2014 field trip/field seminar leaders to register for this course.

NOTE: Participants’ experience with this course may be enhanced if they have previously taken a Basic First Aid or and/or Wilderness and Remote First Aid, which are both available from the American Red Cross.

– For registration and full course details please visit: HERE!

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