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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

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