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CSHEMA Spring Symposium 2023:
Beyond the Bench: Field Research Safety

University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

February 27--28, 2023

Field research is a vital component of research and education at many institutions, however relatively few institutions have dedicated programs that manage the risks associated with the unique hazards and challenges associated with these settings. As an up-and-coming area in academic EHS programs, we need your help to define best practices. Join us and share your successes, challenges, and lessons learned so we can improve all things related to field research safety.

Sunday, February 26: Pre-Symposium Professional Development Session
"Farm & Agricultural Safety Training Program: Train-the-Trainer"

presented by Virginia Tech EHS

Farming and agricultural work remains among the United States' most dangerous professions and has significant crossover with today's field research programs.  This one-day train-the-trainer program provides the background and materials to teach Farm & Agricultural Safety Training (FAST) program.  Participants will get 13 modules, each with supporting materials, that address specific hazards found in the farm and agricultural workplace. All training materials have been reviewed for technical accuracy by OSHA and are provided in both English and Spanish. Each module focuses on the most common hazards and provides support for workers to recognize, evaluate, and control them. The program relies heavily on support materials such as labels, checklists, and posters to reinforce behaviors within the workplace.

Modules include: an Introduction to Agriculture & OSHA, Falls, Hazardous Chemicals, ATV Safety, Weather Safety, Manure Pit Safety, Farm Machinery Safety, Vehicle Safety, Workplace Violence, Confined Spaces, Hazardous Energy Control, and Fires / Explosions. These modules are designed to focus on establishing safe worker behavior.  All compliance notes refer to federal OSHA guidelines.  Training can be modified to include additional information pertinent to their locality.

The costs of instruction and student materials are funded through a Susan Harwood Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, thus there is no cost to participants. Current cost is only to cover lunch provided on the day of training.

The Farm & Agricultural Safety Training Program is produced under grant number SH-39188-SH2 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.   It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Harwood Grantees (Virginia Tech) may train only eligible workers and employers covered under the OSH Act of 1970.  This may include temporarily unemployed workers who are planning to reenter the workforce in a position covered by the OSH Act within the next three months.  State and local government employees are ineligible unless the employee is responsible for occupational safety and health duties within their agency.  These employees include agency's safety and health trainers/program managers/committee members, or other employees who may be responsible for the abatement of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. Participants in this program, certify they are an eligible trainee under this definition.


On Campus:
The Club & Guest House
Building 581, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7040

Near to Campus:
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta
6878 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117


All times are Pacific Time

Sunday, February 26
Time Session Description
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pre-Symposium Professional Development Session
"Farm & Agricultural Safety Training Program: Train-the-Trainer"
presented by Virginia Tech EHS


Monday, February 27
Time Session Description
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration / Help Desk
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Morning Break with Exhibitors
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome to the 2023 Spring Symposium
Beth Welmaker – Nova Southeastern University
Garry MacPherson - Vice Chancellor of Admin Services, UC Santa Barbara
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Identifying and Mitigating Risk During Environmental Science Field Campaigns

Professor Caylor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor, 
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Geography, UCSB

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Serious Incident Leadership Response - Lisa Wisser
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion: Developing A Field Safety Program - Miriam Sharp, Megan Fitzpatrick, Sara Souza, Steve Elwood 
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Vendor Spotlight
Campus Optics:Supporting Field Safety with a Dedicated Mobile App, Paul T. Shafer
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Evolution of Field Safety Program at Oregon State University - Peter Loschl/Thomas Doyle-
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch / Table Talks / Visit Exhibitors
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Wildfires and Oil Spills Emergency Management - James Caesar
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Managing SCUBA and Small Boating Operations
plus an Overview of an Effective Crisis Management Plan for Field Operations
 - Eric Hessell
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Biosafety / Urban Field Considerations - Scott Patlovich
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Use the Talent You Have! How to provide value to field researchers with a Small Budget - Claudia Alli
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Elements of a Comprehensive Field Safety Program at a Large Research Institution -Heather Perry, Rich Wittman
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Happy Hour sponsored by SafetyStratus


Tuesday, February 28
Time Session Description
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration / Help Desk
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Exhibitor Commercials- Session 1
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Farm Safety Partnerships - Scott Bourdon
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Overview of UC ANR Agricultural Safety Programs - Brian Oatman
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Dairy Farm Silo Management - Jordan Romine
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Commercials- Session 2
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM First Aid Skills for the Field - Heather Spaulding, Sara Souza
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lone Worker Safety in the Field: A Research Center’s Evaluation for Program Development - Christin Fine
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch / Table Talks / Visit Exhibitors
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Jamaica Field Expedition: An Overview of Challenges and Successes - Eric DeLucien
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Field Research Safety Considerations for Working With Animals, Including Bats - Greg Powell
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Afternoon Break with Exhibitors 
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Research Safety at Sea - Nancy Eaker 
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Collaboratively Supporting Travel and Research Around the World - Anthony Appleton
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Closing


CSHEMA offers a $3,000 scholarship (and a waiver to attend the CSHEMA annual conference) to encourage the study of environmental and occupational health, safety, and related disciplines. The program is open to all college undergraduate students preferably enrolled in majors geared toward an EHS career (such as, but not limited to, environmental science, fire protection, health physics, industrial engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health, safety, etc.) enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester, trimester, or quarter.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2023 CSHEMA Scholarship:

Alexei Hopkinson, student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Eliazar Garza, student at Oklahoma State University

Hannah Johnson, student at University of Maryland

Read the press release below to learn more!

2023 CSHEMA Scholarship Award Recipients


Note: CSHEMA is not accepting applications at this time.

CSHEMA will consider proposals for innovative special projects (e.g., trainings, research, etc.) that support the Association's mission, affect the broader EHS community, and can be sustained/disseminated after the project's completion. The Board of Trustees will determine the available funds for this program annually and the number of awards will be dependent on the funds available and the size of the grant requests received.

October 18, 2022

Another free webinar added for CSHEMA Members...

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Lab Safety Awareness Week

Lab Safety Awareness Week is an event held from February 12-16, 2024, that recognizes the successes of laboratory health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep our faculty, staff and students safe.

Why Participate?

Successful laboratory safety awareness and programs can help identify and manage laboratory hazards before they cause injury. Participating in CSHEMA Lab Safety Awareness Week can help get your awareness programs started, boosting one that already exists, or highlight your safety successes.

Award Submission

Get recognized for your creative initiatives in promoting Laboratory Safety Awareness on your campus. Award submission deadline is March 31st. Upload a summary of your institution’s initiative for the promotion of CSHEMA’s 2024 Laboratory Safety Week highlighting the attributes described below:

  • Deployment strategy
  • Integration and quality of media and mediums
  • Message clarity
  • Originality


Topics For 2024

Click below to download a packaged ZIP folder for "Engineering Controls" or "Chemical Storage." You can still download content from past topics under the "Other Topics to Consider" section below. Feel free to customize the content with your intitution logo and information. Each folder includes the following:

  • 8.5"x11" Poster
  • 8.5"x11" Spanish Poster
  • Digital TV Graphic - Horizontal versions of the posters. The size of the text and amount of space for bullets has been reduced to aid with readability from a distance. You will have to save the Word doc as a PDF, then save that as a JPEG.


Engineering Controls

Identifying, getting familiar via training, and maintaining engineering control equipment is critical in protecting and saving lives and health.

Engineering Controls (Zip)
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Chemical Storage

Best Practices for Chemical Storage are critical to ensure the community safety.

Chemical Storage (Zip)
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Media Elements


Other Topics to Consider

Click below to download a packaged ZIP folder. Feel free to customize the content with your intitution logo and information.


Personal Protective Equipment and General Lab Attire

Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.

PPE and General Lab Attire (Zip)

We're All in this Together!

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. When each person in the lab does their part, the lab is a safer place to work.

We're All in this Together (Zip)
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Safety Equipment in the Lab

Identifying, getting familiar via training, keeping and maintaining safety equipment is critical in protecting and saving lives and health in emergency situations.

Lab Safety Equipment (Zip)
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Lab Housekeeping

Good lab housekeeping reduces the number of accidents, minimize risks & consequences of slips, trips, falls, unplanned reactions and fire.

Lab Housekeeping (Zip)
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Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment

The process of identifying hazards, determining the severity of potential risks and establishing suitable/proper control measures in place are key components to keep the academic community safe.

Hazard Assessment (Zip)
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Meet Our Team

Spotlight department leaders or key personal.

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