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Field Course Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

Field course health and safety are critical aspects of our business. We have the personnel, experience and processes required to conduct field operations to the highest standards of safety.



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Our People

  • All GeoLogica field courses will have a Field Safety Officer present, whose role is to ensure the safe management of the course, as part of the leadership team, working with the tutor. They have the authority to modify or prohibit any field course activity as part of their dynamic safety management.
  • Field Safety Officers have been trained to manage courses in accordance with our HSE guidelines and external standards (BS8848). They hold a current first aid course certificate appropriate for working in a field environment and emergency action/response training is undertaken in conjunction with the base office. Where appropriate, Field Safety Officers will have completed targeted training relating to a specific field course activity.
  • Our Field Safety Officers are all selected for their training, competence and experience in the field, which ensures the courses are managed with the highest standards of health, safety and environmental considerations.

Safety Management Systems

  • All field courses are scheduled with the best seasonal conditions in mind, to optimize the experience for participants. Where necessary, pre-course field reconnaissance will have been carried out.
  • GeoLogica monitors political and social conditions in countries where field courses take place and will respond appropriately to any potentially hazardous situations.
  • To assist participants in their choice of course, each one is graded according to the physical demands. Participants will be sent a kit list, as part of the Course Joining Instructions, to guide them as to what personal clothing/equipment they should bring.
  • Some locations require specific safety equipment to be worn or used. Where this is the case, appropriate equipment will be provided by GeoLogica and explanations will be given on correct usage.
  • Post-course documentation and actions are reviewed and, where necessary, appropriate improvements are made for future runs of the course.
  • The processes employed are aligned to BS8848 safety management systems.
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For every field course we provide participants with a detailed required kit list. Some common items that are generally needed on a field course include:

  • Cold protection

    e.g. hat, gloves, spare clothes, fleece

  • Sun protection

    e.g. broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

  • Waterproofs

    e.g. jacket/shell and trousers

  • Backpack
  • Walking/hiking boots
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medications


Field courses vary in weather conditions, type of terrain and in the distances that participants are required to walk. Every field course is assigned an Exertion Level that describes the physical demands normally encountered during that course. It is important for every participant to be aware of the physical nature of each field course they wish to attend, so that they can prepare accordingly. Disregarding the Exertion Level may place the participant, and the field course group generally, in a position of increased risk.



Mainly short walks (less than 1.6km/1 mile) with little elevation change (up to 100m/325 ft) on well-graded terrain with no steep or difficult sections; altitude below 2000m/6000 ft; weather not excessively warm (< 32°C/90°F) or cool (> 5°C/40°F); no special skills required; suitable for occasional walkers.



One or more longer walks (up to 6.4km/4 miles) with modest ascent/descent (300m/1000 ft); paths are well marked but may be rocky or slippery with some steep sections; altitude below 2500m/8000 ft; weather may be hot (> 32°C/90°F) or cold (< 5°C/40°F); suitable for participants of average fitness.



As MODERATE except walks may be up to 16km/10 miles; elevation changes may exceed 300m/1000 ft and some sections may be steep, exposed or precipitous; a good level of fitness is required.

Participants are encouraged to take responsibility for assessing their suitability for the course and can contact the GeoLogica office before the course begins if they have any questions about the physical requirements. Our team will be happy to advise on any medical or additional support, if needed. Please note: where the situational conditions change, field safety officers will be on hand to communicate with the group and provide assistance if required.



Fieldwork and training opportunities should be inclusive.

Participants who may require assistance to access field locations due to differing abilities, are requested to contact the GeoLogica office and discuss a plan of action to allow them to take part. GeoLogica staff have experience in assisting participants with differing abilities and will endeavour to facilitate attendance on their chosen course.

Please contact GeoLogica to discuss any access or inclusiveness issues well in advance of the course dates.

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Before attendance on our field courses, participants are required to have travel and medical insurance and carry the details with them at all times. We strongly advise that these details are also shared with Geologica before the course starts so that, in the unlikely event of a medical/emergency situation, these details can be used to ensure medical aid and repatriation.


GeoLogica are committed to limiting our environmental impact, including reducing our carbon footprint. We, as a business, aim to find ways in which to consistently reduce our consumption and waste. Strategies include but are not limited to:

  • Legal and responsible access to outcrops, following conservation guidelines and the country code, minimizing impact to local flora and fauna.
  • Buying provisions locally to help support the local economy and reduce carbon footprint.
  • Recycling and reusing consumables and equipment.
  • Improving and promoting efficient course and employee transportation.
  • Managing staff working from home and utilizing video conferencing.
  • Promoting employee engagement and initiatives.