No harm to people and the environment

Personal well-being and safety is our top priority when delivering our outdoor activities. Field-based activities, by their very nature and especially in remote regions, pose certain Health and Safety risks. These risks have been recognised and managed to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and documented with an Activity Safety Plan specific to each locality and activity.

The Activity Safety Plan comprises of two parts i) Activity Risk Assessment and ii) Journey Management Plan that covers risk assessments and mitigations, travel-safe plans, medical emergency response and incident reporting for field activities and whilst journeying, respectively.

The detail in each plan is driven by the risks and complexities of each trip such as environment, party size, party participants, local factors, learning objectives and resources.

A Chalk Newton Geoscience designated Field Safety Officer (FSO) conducts a structured risk assessment for every activity and prepares the Activity Safety Plan focusing on risk mitigation to ALARP. The FSO will be present in the field will have overall responsibility for health and safety matters in the field and give a safety briefing each day to discuss site-specific HSE aspects of each location. The FSO shall be trained in outdoor first aid.

The Chalk Newton Geoscience Field Activity Leader (FAL) is responsible for delivering the day’s activity. Depending on the activity being delivered and/or the clients requirements the FSO and FAL may be the same person.

A Chalk Newton Geoscience office-based Field Activity Coordinator (FAC) provides a central focal point for incident, contact management and overall central point of contact for all participants, authorities and third-parties.