Field Safety

Welcome to the Middlebury Sciences Field Safety page! This page is a resource for anyone conducting fieldwork. While this page is still a work in progress, we'd like to recommend a few useful links below. Be sure to check back regularly to see what changes we've made to the page.

Middlebury faculty, staff, and students who will be leading or supervising field activities or performing unsupervised field work should complete the on-line Field Safety training module before fieldwork occurs.

It is also recommended that before any field work is initiated a Field Safety Plan be prepared and shared with members of the field team, and a copy kept on file on campus.  A Field Safety Plan form has been designed to assist you in evaluating the risks involved in planned field activities so a comprehensive safety plan can be developed.

Have questions about ticks, poison parsnip, or any other health concern related to being outdoors? the Vermont Department of Health's website has a wealth of information to address your concerns.

Need a reliable weather-tracking site? We recommend checking the National Weather Service before heading out into the field.

Visiting a worksite where you'll be working near or in the water? Best check the Cyanobacteria (Blue Green Algae) Tracker first to make sure that the coast is clear.

Will you be out in the field around hunting season? the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has got you covered with important hunting dates to watch out for so you know when to be extra cautious.