Safety: Practical Strategies While Doing Field Work

Training Overview

  • Audience:Massachusetts local and regional board of health members and staff, health department personnel, community health workers, and anyone interested in learning about personal safety while doing fieldwork
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RN, RS, National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS
  • Competencies: Communication, Community Dimensions of Practice
  • Learning level: Awareness
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Companion training: Public Health Workforce Protection
  • Supplemental materials:None

Have you ever been harmed or threatened, or felt unsafe, while doing your work out in the field or in your community? If so, did you know what to do or how to prevent it from happening again? If not, would you know what to do? As a community or public health worker you should be aware of threats and know what strategies will aid in self-protection, stress management, and de-escalation of potentially violent situations.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe three strategies for improving your hazard awareness in the field
  • Implement five strategies for maintaining your personal safety in the workplace and in the field
  • List five stress reduction techniques

Subject Matter Expert

  • Hilary Hackbart
    Workplace Safety and Health for Public Employees Program, MA Department of Labor Standards


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.