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Health, Safety, and Environment

COVID-19 Information

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

The NSF has approved requirements and procedures to enable research in Alaska and Greenland during the COVID-19 pandemic. These requirements are aimed at protecting researchers, staff, and vulnerable Northern communities. As of January 2021, Battelle ARO support to researchers bound for Canada and Russia has been put on hold due to pandemic-related border closures. Planning for funded research and operations in both Alaska and Greenland are ongoing, however field execution pends government/institution/NSF approvals and adherence to required mitigations (including but not limited to testing and quarantine/isolation).

Please note that requirements for researchers and Battelle ARO staff may be more rigorous than what is published on other websites. Please select the appropriate document below to obtain a copy of the NSF travel procedures for your destination.

 

"Safe Travels!" Pre-Travel Training

 

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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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