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Fieldwork is an essential part of University teaching and research, enabling and inspiring many staff and students’ academic and personal development. People organising fieldwork need to use an effective fieldwork assessment process to minimise risk and ensure that as a University we fulfil our duty of care to protect staff, students and other affected people. The key to managing fieldwork safely is firstly to carry out the Fieldwork Assessment and consider the potential risks before you go; secondly once you are undertaking the activity, to carry out a dynamic assessment of risk as you go along to deal with any changing situations.

For staff, fieldwork does not include business trips, meetings or conferences in the UK or abroad unless they are in a location to which Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends against travel. If you have any questions please discuss with the PVAC Health and Safety Manager.

For students, fieldwork does include meetings and conferences off campus in the UK and abroad.

The University takes a risk-based approach to managing fieldwork and expects that:

Fieldwork risk assessment forms are available from the University Health and Safety Services website.

Further information and guidance on Fieldwork is available from the Health and Safety Services website: http://wsh.leeds.ac.uk/info/186/fieldwork/109/fieldwork.


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