Field Safety

Guidelines are for University Activities that Occur Outside

  1. Develop a detailed schedule and plan for field activities. Meet with all participants ahead of time to familiarize them with those goals and expectations.
  2. If any field activities require special skills, be sure to provide and document any necessary orientation and training provided to the participants.
  3. Consider hazards specific to the activity as well as generic field hazards such as:
  4. Have each participant complete the Acknowledgement of Risk form The trip leader should keep a copy of this form from each participant. 
  5. Maintain a list of names and emergency contacts of all participants.  This should include a list of participants' medical conditions which might require emergency care or special treatment.  
  6. Bring a cell phone and first aid kit. Make sure the area you are going has cell service!
  7. If going to a remote area, consider having radios or other methods to reach emergency personnel.It is recommended that someone in the group be trained in First Aid and/or CPR. Contact the American Red Cross.


Report all incidents of injury to the UVM Department of Risk Management at 656-3242.


Try to arrange group transportation using a UVM owned or leased vehicle. Use of personal staff or faculty vehicles will make those employees primarily responsible if any accident should occur. Students who elect not to travel with the group should complete an Alternative Transportation waiver.

All drivers must have a current UVM driver certification status. The certification process requires a Motor Vehicle Record check and two online trainings and can take up to 30 days. Apply to become a UVM certified driver here:

Questions or for more information, contact Safety staff at