Refreshed protocol on risk management of fieldwork

The refreshed health and safety protocol on risk management of fieldwork is now available to view online and is relevant to anyone who carries out or manages fieldwork at the University.

Fieldwork is defined as any activity carried out by staff and students for the purpose of their teaching or research as a member of the University of Leeds representing the institution off-site.  Activities traditionally associated with the term fieldwork include archaeological digs, environmental and biological collection work / surveys, and social surveys and interviews. Fieldwork also includes short organised trips for taught students to public sites, for example, the British Library, York Minster, Malham Cove etc. Fieldwork does not include Student Placements or Study Abroad.

For staff, fieldwork does not include business trips, meetings or conferences in the UK or abroad (which will be dealt with in a forthcoming protocol on travel off campus), unless they are in a location to which FCO recommends against travel. If you have any questions please discuss with your Health and Safety Manager.

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

View the protocol.

If you have any questions on implementation, or general feedback on the protocol please pass it to your Health & Safety Manager or send it to

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