Field Safety

Info on field safety protocols
field safety

Brian O’Meara


May 8, 2024

Over the 2023-2024 academic year, a committee in UTK EEB worked on field safety. This involves things like avoiding snakebite and traffic accidents (see Richard Conniff’s memorial to fallen naturalists( but also social factors. I am putting some information from this here to help others access it, but note it is a team effort.

We went through a set of readings. Some relevant ones in this area (more to be added soon) include:

To help with this, several of us made a checklist. It is below. Feel free to adapt it for your own use.

Work travel checklist

Discussions to have before going

To resolve months in advance

At least a month in advance of field work

Before leaving

Handling problems when or after they arise

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BibTeX citation:
  author = {O’Meara, Brian},
  title = {Field {Safety}},
  date = {2024-05-08},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
O’Meara, Brian. 2024. “Field Safety.” May 8, 2024.