These activities can involve exposure to hazards which require thorough planning and preparation.
Participants are required to be suitably informed, instructed, supervised and monitored so that assistance can be provided in the event of an unplanned incident. The links and documents below provide information relating to activities carried out overseas and to fieldwork planning.
Off Campus Activity Guidance and FAQ's during the COVID issue
Note: Please see guidance document below. Addressing the below points does not necessarily mean you will be approved for fieldwork. The advice is still: limited gatherings, adhering to social distancing recommendations.
We strongly suggest current Federal State and Local regulations and guidance be confirmed.
WA Government travel and quarantine information found here
1) Can I undertake my Off Campus activity i.e. fieldwork and other off site visits?
2) Can I travel or conduct fieldwork interstate or internationally?
- Currently interstate travel is via Head of School determination on case by case basis, with justifications requiring assessment.
All travellers should read and understand their travel insurance cover.From June 2022 UWA’s travel insurance policy was expanded to cover some COVID-19 related costs arising from an insured person contracting COVID-19 whilst on a UWA authorised trip. It is important to note that losses must arise from the insured person contracting/being diagnosed with COVID-19, it does not apply if an insured person is directed to isolate because they have been deemed a close contact. UWA COVID FAQ and UWA Leaders Guide provide more specific details.Further information regarding the UWA travel insurance policy is available at www.spp.uwa.edu.au/riskandlegal/insurance/travel . Additional advice or clarification can also be obtained by contacting UWA insurance on [email protected] .
3) What other factors may affect the way I plan and conduct fieldwork?
- Demonstrability that the fieldwork / task is necessary i.e. That more cost effective alternatives have been explored. *Works can't be conducted by parties in the local area.
- Risk assessments now need to address COVID-19 risk (addressed in the same manner as other risks)
- Evidence your proposed tasks and travel can adhere to current social distancing requirements.
- Evidence of risk based assessments have been made for both participants in general and the tasks being performed and potential impacts to the wider community.
- Inclusive of considerations for, if something goes wrong i.e. an incident/accident.
- Planning showing consideration if someone presents with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Work methods in more hygenic way especially on common touched surfaces and shared equipment
- If quarantine rules are enforced sufficient budget is available to support the impacts of this.
4) Can I use a UWA Fleet vehicle?
- Specific vehicle use is still determined by the area managing the respective vehicles.
- Standard vehicle and driver safety still applies info here
- Addition COVID considerations with fleet vehicles found here
Oh yeah and Wash your hands regularly with ample soap and water