Field trip guidelines

Health and Safety on Field Trips

Wildcare Inc and TPT have developed policies to manage risks associated with field trips to Tasmanian bushland. Each field trip will be described in a written “flyer” that provides an overview of the field trip and some initial information about the site conditions and expected activities.

We require all volunteers on TPT trips to disclose any medical conditions that may create a safety issue on a TPT trip. Medical information is stored securely by the TPT President. Relevant medical and contact information is provided to field trip coordinators to assist with planning a safe trip for all volunteers.

TPT trip coordinators are responsible for assessing the risks associated with each field trip. TPT has developed a general purpose hazard form  for a typical field trip in the bush. This will form the basis for a verbal briefing to participants at the start of each field trip. The briefing will highlight the specific risks associated with that trip, and the available responses at that site.

All TPT volunteers are required to complete a medical disclosure form for a field trip season (winter to autumn). All volunteers on a field trip are required to sign in and acknowledge that they have read and understood the trip flyer and the hazard assessment for that trip. According to the TPT policy, people who are not able to complete these requirements will not be permitted to participate in the field trip.

You may download tthese forms:

Seed-free and Phytophthora-free Footwear and Clothing

Threatened Plants Tasmania (TPT) members need to very careful not to introduce plant seeds or pathogens, such as Phytophthora cinnamomi, into the areas we visit.

For more information on Phytophthora cinnamomi, see Interim Phytophthora cinnamomi Management Guidelines.

Before going on any TPT field trip, please make sure that:

  • There are no seeds caught in your footwear or clothes, paying particular attention to shoe tread, laces, Velcro, the sides of tongues, cuffs, socks and inside pockets.
  • Ensure there is no mud or soil on the soles of your shoes. To avoid spreading Phytophthora cinnamomi, you must clean, dry and then spray the soles of your shoes with 70% Methylated Spirits, making sure that the meths stays on the soles for one minute or more. (Warning: Methylated Spirits is flammable so keep well away from open flames and cigarettes).

Weeding Tools and other equipment taken on TPT Field Trips must be cleaned using the same method.

In the field, clean dirty shoes with a brush or use local site water/ rainwater or reticulated water, dry them, and then spray with methylated spirits before you walk in a new location.

At home, you can clean shoes in your laundry trough where effluent goes directly into a septic or sewer system.

To clean your car, use commercial car washes if your home drainage does not go directly into the storm water. (Some people have infected their gardens at home with P. cinnamomi through car washing).

TPT Guidelines: Access to Private Property

Some TPT activities are conducted on Private Property where permission to access the property has been obtained and all activities will comply with the wishes of the Land Owner / Manager. On TPT field trips, volunteers must NEVER enter Private Property without express permission of the Land Owner / Manager.

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