Field Safety Plans

Field Safety Plans are required for off-campus activities carried out in the natural environment, community or remote locations, away from the normal support networks of the university.  The purpose is to identify and minimize potential risks and ensure appropriate safety and emergency response measures are in place.  

Travel for research, fieldwork, field schools, most academic group travel (either domestic or abroad), athletics, and student club programs will require a field safety plan completed by a supervisor or trip leader.  We have developed two types of safety plans depending on the level of risk and complexity with the activities and/or destination. 

Please contact or  to confirm which safety plan you should complete or if you require guidance in assessing the risks involved and safety requirements of your activity.

Field Safety Plan (Standard)

  • This is a comprehensive safety plan required for most off-campus activities and travel that are considered higher risk such as trips to remote or rural locations, high risk destinations, involve hazardous materials or equipment use, exposure risks, etc., and/or where access to medical and emergency supports is not readily available or timely.
  • These plans are reviewed by OHSE and Risk Management, recommended for approval by the Dept Chair or School Director, and approved by the Dean. Please allow adequate time prior to travel for processing.

Field Safety Plan (Low Risk)

  • This is a condensed safety plan intended for off-campus activities that are considered lower risk and where emergency assistance is readily available, such as local trips within Greater Victoria, short duration trips, or other off-campus activities that do not present elevated risks.
  • Trip reviews and plan approvals should follow internal department procedures.