Field activities

Field activities are defined as work, research and/or learning activities undertaken by faculty, staff or students under the auspices of SFU and beyond the geographical boundaries of University property.

Field safety planning

Supervisors are required to adequately plan their field activities and assess and mitigate the risks. This will include, for example, ensuring team members have appropriate training, have adequate personal protective equipment, and know how to secure emergency assistance.

Refer to guidance and resources below for help with planning and risk assessment. Contact EHS for assistance.

Field Activity Safety Guidelines

Field Activity Plan template  

Field Hazard Assessment and Risk Control Tool  New May 2022

Risk matrix for off-campus activities within Canada (in development)

Field activity plan review and approval

Follow the review and approval process in place in your department/unit. For domestic activities that are categorized as high or extreme risk, approval by the unit head (Chair, Director or Dean) will be done in consultation with the Field Safety Advisory Committee.

Field Safety Advisory Committee

The Field Safety Advisory Committee (FSAC) is charged with implementing, overseeing and enforcing the University’s domestic field safety program. The FSAC does not oversee or advise on international field activities. While all domestic off-campus activities conducted under the auspices of SFU are potentially in scope, the primary mandate of the FSAC is to review field activity plans that meet the criteria for high or extreme risk according to the Risk Matrix for off-campus activities within Canada [coming soon].

For more information, refer to the Field Safety Advisory Committee Terms of reference [coming soon].

International Field Activities

For any field activity outside Canada, follow guidance and requirements at Travel safety - Risk & emergency planning - Simon Fraser University (