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Health and safety in the laboratory and field
Health and safety in the laboratory and field

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9.2 Other hazards

9.2.1 Stumbles, falls, etc.

Such minor accidents are always possible, especially on rough or uneven terrain. It is recommended, therefore, that boots should be worn to protect the feet and ankles, and that outer clothing should be of a suitable nature to minimise the chance of cuts, scratches, and abrasions being sustained. Wearing gloves will minimise damage to hands.

9.2.2 Falling rocks/debris, rock splinters, etc.

Protective headgear (hard hats) must be worn whenever this is advised by the party leader. Goggles or glasses should be worn when hammering or breaking rocks.

9.2.3 Cliff edges and high places, etc.

Whilst no climbing requiring the use of special equipment or aids will be undertaken, it is possible that in order to view interesting geological features it may be necessary to approach the edge of a cliff, or to stand in locations where a fall could result in serious injury. In such situations it is expected that individuals will exercise reasonable caution, and at all times will follow the instructions and advice of the party leader.

9.2.4 Quarries, mines and other industrial workings, etc.

Quarrying operations may involve blasting and the use of heavy earth-moving equipment. All quarry ‘faces’ should be regarded as unstable and liable to collapse. This applies to all quarries, whether working or otherwise. Similar hazards may be encountered in other industrial workings.

Visitors to working quarries and other industrial sites are legally required to comply with safety instructions issued by the owners and/or persons in charge of the workings. Therefore, it is essential:

  1. to follow the instructions of the guide and/or party leader;

  2. to keep in a close group;

  3. not to straggle or wander off;

  4. to be alert to the movements of vehicles and equipment.

In summary, be prepared; see Appendix C below for a list of equipment that may be required for field-work.

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