Field Trips & International Travel

Field Trips & International Travel

Students on Field Trips and International Travel

University of Worcester like all other employers has a statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees. The University also has a responsibility to manage its business so as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of non-employees, which will include students.

The legal situation would appear to be, although this has never been tested in court, is that University of Worcester has some responsibility for the health and safety of students whilst on Field Trips and International Travel . It may even be the case that students remain University of Worcester’s responsibility, even though the institution may have no control over the student’s activities on Field Trips and International Travel .

Students themselves have a responsibility to take care of their own health and safety and that of their colleagues.

Responsibilities and Requirements of University of Worcester Departments

  • There should be clear written information and guidelines for students.
  • The department should notify the student in writing of the academic and welfare support services that are available whilst on Field Trips and International Travel .
  • There should be an identified point of contact at the University for students whilst they are away on Field Trips and International Travel .
  • Legal, financial and health and safety responsibilities should be documented and copies kept within the department.

Responsibilities and Requirements of the Student

  • These should be explicit, clear and available in written format.
  • Students should prepare themselves adequately for the placement and ensure that they are aware of ethical and health and safety issues involved in the Field Trips and International Travel .
  • Students should have a copy of these.

UCEA Guidance on Health and Safety in Fieldwork - Including offsite visits and travel in the UK and overseas

Risk Assessment

This risk assessment is for all employees/students of University of Worcester likely to travel and or work overseas on behalf of the University. 

International Travel Risk Assessment