The goal of this workshop is to increase your awareness of the impact of offsite activities on mental health. We will give a presentation on common problems associated with mental health in the field, looking at small to large group teaching and research expeditions. Some case examples will be given, with an explanation of how the field situation may impact mental health, why, and possible mitigation strategies. Several scenarios will be presented, and groups will be encouraged to discuss, assess and come up with possible solutions.
Certain high-hazard activities and equipment require additional safety training and written pre-approval. Faculty-led committees issue use authorizations for high hazard activities to ensure the work is safe and monitored appropriately. These include:
Work in hot environments can result in heat illness, a group of medical conditions caused by the body’s inability to cope with heat, and can be fatal. All university employees who work outdoors may be at risk for heat illness including, but not limited to, field researchers, grounds crews, maintenance workers, and special event staff.
Workers performing job duties outside should always