Are you concerned with field safety while conducting work in the polar regions? Whether you've organized fieldwork for years or you're participating in your first field campaign, knowledge of basic field safety skills is of the utmost importance. 

The webinar, organized by USAPECS, was held on Monday May 18th @ 11am EDT (3pm UTC) with an overview on basic field safety presented by Dr. Seth Campbell, research geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, research assistant professor at the University of Maine, wilderness EMT, and SOLO wilderness medicine instructor. The webinar included general field safety and injury prevention tips, rules to live by to ensure a safe field season, basic injury assessment skills, and emergency training opportunities for researchers. 


APECS field-safety-webinar movie from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.


Key points from the webinar:


Dr. Seth Campbell’s “Rules” for Field Safety:

1) There is little room for ego in the field: the science expert in a field team is not necessarily the field safety expert
2) Err on the side of caution: no data point is worth your life
3) At the first sign of an issue, stop & fix it immediately before conditions worsen
4) If something doesn’t seem right, speak up!
5) Just about everything in the environment is a continuum so you should be making constant adjustments to deal with changing conditions

Key Tips on Field Safety Basics