Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Battelle ARO is taking a measured approach to field safety training in 2021 as outlined in the strategies below. Please contact the Field Risk Manager for any training inquiries.
Strategy one: Minimize in-person training sessions. Battelle ARO can provide pre-recorded and virtually hosted training on subjects that do not require assembling in person:
|Bear identification||Water treatment||Cultural considerations||Whiteout travel|
|Bear defense||Layering for success||Harassment and bullying||Hygiene|
|Wildlife threats||Day pack essentials||Risk assessment||Self-rescue|
|Minimizing environmental impact||Stove use and care||Communications plan||Communications technology|
|Cold injury / illness||Aircraft safety||Sea ice travel||Compass use|
|Heat injury / illness||e-WFA||First aid kit contents||Survival bags|
Strategy two: Combine trainings and shakedown exercises with field deployments. For subjects that require hands-on experience, Battelle ARO can provide initial trainings virtually and encourage workshops/ add-on sessions at the beginning of the fieldwork deployment:
|Tent set-up||Bear spray use||Throw bag use|
|Knots||GPS||Bear fence set-up|
|Snow machine orientation / tips||ATV orientation / tips||Defensive driving|
Strategy three: Manage stand-alone trainings to minimize exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Battelle ARO will work with researchers and the NSF to determine whether in-person training is allowable/ feasible. Battelle ARO will adopt practices that adhere to federal, state, or local regulations, and NSF policy, whichever is more rigorous.