Guidelines for Fieldwork Research Activities

General Guidelines

  • Refer to the Template for Covid-19 Response Plan – Fieldwork (see Research Continuity Further Guidelines and Templates). 
  • Prior approval must be obtained before researchers can undertake fieldwork activities. 
  • All Fieldwork CRP Documentation requires approval, including any updates to a previously approved Covid-19 Response Plan (CRP) Documentation for Fieldwork. 
  • Approval must be obtained by submitting your documentation to the Head of School/RICU, or where delegated the Head of Department/equivalent. 
  • CRPs are living documents, therefore the Fieldwork Covid-19 Documentation and must be updated accordingly: changes to the CRP and Risk Assessment; changes to the investigational site (or adding a new one); change in research personnel. 
  • National Covid-19 Level 5 Restrictions: 
  • National Covid-19 Level 1-5 (all) Restrictions:  
    • Where the approving person (Head of School/RICU, or where delegated Head of Department/equivalent) is directly involved in the Fieldwork study, approval is required from the Head of College. 

Guidelines for Covid-19 Response Plan (CRP) Documentation for Fieldwork

Use the Template for Covid-19 Response Plan – Fieldwork (accessed at Research Continuity Links Guidelines & Templates), to draft/update your response plan. 

The CRP Documentation for Fieldwork includes the CRP and Risk Assessment. 

Covid-19 Response Plan, which details  

  • A Statement of Assurance from the Head of School/RICU and during national Level 5 Restrictions (where required) a Letter of Assurance from the Head of School/RICU to the Head of College, a template for this Letter of Assurance can be accessed at Research Continuity Links Guidelines & Templates [insert link to page]). 
  • A Letter of Approval/Authorisation for Travel as/if required. 
  • A Policy Statement 
  • The investigational site 
  • Detail persons of responsibility for the Fieldwork Study 
  • Detail of researchers undertaking the Research 
  • Overview of the Study 
  • Reference to mandatory training (including Covid-19 Induction Training for researchers) and the mandatory Return to Work Form prior to undertaking the research. 
  • Covid-19 Infection Control Measures 
  • Relevant SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). 
  • Travel considerations (also see Travel Guidelines for Researchers, accessed at Research Continuity Links Guidelines & Templates [insert link to page]). 
  • Travel to Work/Study Letter if/as required 
  • Protocols in place for what to do if a researcher develops Covid-19 symptoms while out engaging in the Fieldwork Activity.  
  • A system to log the engagement/activity of named researchers undertaking Fieldwork, for instance the date/detail of the named researcher travelling to named investigation site to undertake named study. 
  • Any relevant insurance requirements. 

 

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