COVID-19: Precautions and considerations for travel or fieldwork

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April 21, 2021

Institutional Review

  • Review and follow the VCRO’s COVID-19 Field Research Guidelines & Checklist (coming soon).
  • For international travel, follow CDC guidance and the two-step approval process posted on the UC Berkeley Global Engagement website.

General precautions and considerations:

  • Stay home if sick with a fever or cough or recent travel to higher risk regions/close contact with suspect cases within the last 14 days
  • Remind all participants to register travel via UC Away: https://ehs.ucop.edu/away/#/ 
  • Surveillance COVID-19 testing is available on campus; vaccinations are recommended (learn more at the UHS website)
  • Modify activities to maintain 6-foot physical distancing  
  • Ensure adequate water and soap for handwashing
  • Promote hygiene: wash hands for 20 seconds and wipe down surfaces often, cough into sleeve, dispose of tissues  
  • Develop an enhanced cleaning/disinfection protocol for any shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, or shared equipment
  • Bring extra hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes
  • Carry a thermometer in your first aid kit
  • Maintain robust communication to receive updates or get assistance; maintain a frequent check in schedule
  • Carry a written emergency plan; consider distance to medical care and limited medical services/support for other injuries or illness
  • For overnight trips, ensure extra lodging is available to maintain physical distancing, i.e. single rooms, single tents
  • Even for small groups, discuss transportation options to maintain physica; distancing; avoid public transportation
  • Continue to monitor precautions and maintain flexibility to alter plans at any time, self-isolate, or return home 
  • Keep a lookout for updated campus guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/
  • Utilize the Worksite Planning Checklist to document specific precautions for your project  

For additional questions or concerns, please contact EH&S Field Safety -  fieldsafety@berkeley.edu.