The Dorothy Urlich-Cloher School of Environment


Fieldwork and Hazards

This section applies to all business conducted off campus

Fieldwork and working off-campus


Field activity is a distinctive characteristic of University life and an essential part of teaching and research, which enables and enriches the academic development of staff members and students.

The University conducts multiple activities, across its many faculties and service divisions, which involve work, study or research outside the controlled environment of University facilities.

The University has a responsibility to all staff and students to ensure health and safety is a key consideration [to prevent harm] in the planning and operation of field activity, and that such activities are carried out in a manner that is environmentally responsible. 

All field activity involving international travel must comply with the University’s Travel Policy and associated procedures.

The traveller or travel organiser must review the current risk status of the destination through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) website.

If the destination has a high risk rating the High Risk Travel Form must be submitted to the Risk Office for approval before travel arrangements can be booked.

During field activity, if the risk status changes and is deemed high by the Risk Office, the University has the right to recall travellers.

All forms pertaining to field activity are hosted on our University of Auckland staff intranet here:

Download and fill in the forms relevant to your field activity (you will need a staff or student login to access these forms).

Specific field setting hazards


The School of Environment conducts teaching and research activities in a variety of settings which may involve any number of physical hazards.

It is imperative that staff, students and visitors are suitably qualified, experienced and resourced to identify and manage the hazards in the environments and situations they plan to encounter.

Forms pertaining to specific field setting hazards are hosted on our University of Auckland staff intranet here

Download and fill in the forms relevant to your field activity (you will need a staff or student login to access these forms):

 

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Rivers, streams, and wading
(474.5 kB, PDF)
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River safety
(1.9 MB, PDF)
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Geophysics Safety
(40.0 kB, PDF)
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Manual Handling
(570.3 kB, PDF)
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Safe Work at Heights
(1.8 MB, PDF)