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Health, Safety, and Environment

COVID-19 Information

The NSF has published information regarding COVID-19 and research.

 

Though the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus usually produces less severe cases of COVID-19 illness than its predecessors, it is significantly more infectious (i.e., much easier to catch). Just one case of COVID infection at the highly communal settings of Summit Station, Toolik Field Station, and remote field camps would be devastating since it would instantly spread, resulting in a cascade of illness that will impact human performance and the success of this season's science mission. So, additional precautions are required for Summit and Toolik, and highly recommended for remote field camps. For information about Toolik Field Station procedures, please visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Toolik Field Station website. The other protocols are available in the drop-down menu.

Travelers to Thule must follow the 821st Air Base Group's COVID policies and procedures. These are limited distribution documents, please contact your Battelle ARO Science Project Manager for more information.

Find additional information for researchers traveling to NY and Kangerlussuaq at the following links: NYANG Travel Advisory Scotia Researcher, PFS Kangerlussuaq Quarantine Fact Sheet Researcher, and PFS NY Travel and Quarantine Fact Sheet Researchers.

All other travelers should follow the applicable public health authorities' (e.g., host country, state, tribe, borough, city/village) COVID-19 guidelines.

Please select the appropriate document below to obtain a copy of the NSF travel procedures for your destination.

 

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Risk Management

Safe operations in the Arctic are the result of careful planning and evaluation, detailed preparation, and a solid understanding and application of risk management principles. The Battelle ARO Team embodies a strong culture of risk management, exercised through the development and implementation of project-specific, custom-tailored risk management plans, coupled with well-established safety programs and innovative tools designed to support safe operations. These innovative risk- and safety-related tools will be woven into the Battelle ARO PM support plans for funded researchers and will include:

 

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Field Safety Training

Battelle ARO provides field training courses, using in-house and third-party experts, based on the needs of researchers. In addition to the below courses, we can tailor a course to your group's needs. Contact the Field Risk Manager to discuss options that may suit your needs.

TYPES OF TRAINING

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TRAINING SCHEDULES

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Health & Safety

Battelle ARO provides field training courses, using in-house and third-party experts, based on the needs of researchers. In addition to the below courses, we can tailor a course to your group's needs. Contact the Field Risk Manager to discuss options that may suit your needs.

TELEMEDICINE

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PHYSICAL QUALIFICATION PROCEDURE

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Environmental Compliance

Battelle ARO can assist proposing researchers to assess the environmental impacts of all types of projects. We have extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the capability to complete simple Environmental Assessments (EAs) to extremely complex programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). We have completed impact studies and regulatory approvals to support NEPA analysis, including Ecological Studies, Threatened and Endangered Species reviews and Section 7 Consultation, Archaeological Surveys and State Historic Preservation Office consultation and clearance, Wetland delineation and Section 404 Permitting, Surface and groundwater discharges and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and Geology and soil impact assessments. Please visit the following links to learn more about the NSF environmental review process for Arctic research and your responsibilities to comply if your proposal is successful:

PERMITS

For researchers needing permits and permission, often from multiple entities for the same land area.

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INTERACTION PLANS

For researchers and contract employees who may incidentally encounter animals or sea life.

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