Faculty of Arts fieldwork operations guidelines

Macquarie University Faculty of Arts conducts fieldwork which can be highly diverse in nature. Fieldwork can take place in unfamiliar, hazardous and remote surroundings which often isolate participants from ready access to emergency services. Tasks and activities undertaken during fieldwork can involve a potentially high level of risk to the health and safety of the participant.

The fieldwork location is recognised as a workplace under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW). Macquarie University recognises its responsibility as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) under this Act. Accordingly, staff, students, visiting researchers and volunteers are required to meet their legal obligations for work health and safety during fieldwork planning and participation.

It is the responsibility of all employees, students, volunteers and visiting researchers undertaking the fieldwork to adhere to the policies, codes and rules set out by the University. Any person found in breach of these requirements will be disciplined according to the appropriate Macquarie University policy.

The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that it is understood that when fieldwork is undertaken:

  • All field based work is being reported to the university (MQ organised or otherwise)
  • Potential and existing hazards are identified and reported;
  • Identified risks are controlled, as far as is reasonably practicable