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Field Research Safety

The dynamic nature of field work at MIT requires our field researchers to appropriately plan for potential environment, health, and safety hazards and emergencies.

Planning and Preparation

Field research, field studies, or fieldwork is an essential component of several academic programs at the Institute.

These activities may be for just a day or for an extended length of time and may take you to local, international, urban or rural environment. Undergoing careful planning and preparation for such dynamic work can help you when you encounter potential hazards and emergencies and can aid in reducing risks.

Environment, Health and Safety Office (EHS) is available to assist in determining your field research safety needs. For any activity occurring in potentially hazardous environmental conditions or where potentially hazardous materials and/or equipment will be used.

Please contact EHS or call us at 617-452-3477 to review requirements for:

  • MIT EHS trainings
  • Local permits and research registration, which must be obtained by the PI
  • Personal protective equipment which may require extra planning for purchase
  • Policies and procedures related to emergency preparedness
  •  Safe storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials, e.g. biological material, chemicals, radiological material

Planning for International Travel

The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) provides resources that guide MIT faculty, researchers, students, and staff in planning, negotiating, and implementing international activity, including a collection of administrative resources for traveling abroad.

Other important resources include:

Planning for Collaborative Research

If your research will take you to facilities outside of MIT or to other institutions, it is important that you are familiar with local safety policies and emergency preparedness procedures. The host facility is responsible for reviewing their emergency plan with you so that you can react accordingly in the event of an emergency.

If you will be entering your host facility’s laboratories you should be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment and safety training for any potentially hazardous materials such as biological, radiological, or chemical.

It is important that you reach out to your host facility early in the planning process so that you are aware of their requirements and expectations.

Additional Resources

 

Planning and Preparation

Field research, field studies, or fieldwork is an essential component of several academic programs at the Institute.

These activities may be for just a day or for an extended length of time and may take you to local, international, urban or rural environment. Undergoing careful planning and preparation for such dynamic work can help you when you encounter potential hazards and emergencies and can aid in reducing risks.

Environment, Health and Safety Office (EHS) is available to assist in determining your field research safety needs. For any activity occurring in potentially hazardous environmental conditions or where potentially hazardous materials and/or equipment will be used.

Please contact EHS or call us at 617-452-3477 to review requirements for:

  • MIT EHS trainings
  • Local permits and research registration, which must be obtained by the PI
  • Personal protective equipment which may require extra planning for purchase
  • Policies and procedures related to emergency preparedness
  •  Safe storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials, e.g. biological material, chemicals, radiological material

Planning for International Travel

The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) provides resources that guide MIT faculty, researchers, students, and staff in planning, negotiating, and implementing international activity, including a collection of administrative resources for traveling abroad.

Other important resources include:

Planning for Collaborative Research

If your research will take you to facilities outside of MIT or to other institutions, it is important that you are familiar with local safety policies and emergency preparedness procedures. The host facility is responsible for reviewing their emergency plan with you so that you can react accordingly in the event of an emergency.

If you will be entering your host facility’s laboratories you should be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment and safety training for any potentially hazardous materials such as biological, radiological, or chemical.

It is important that you reach out to your host facility early in the planning process so that you are aware of their requirements and expectations.

Additional Resources