Safety

Arctic Safety

Arctic safety and security in this context addresses the risks of operating in the Arctic and ways to prevent incidents.

First level to achieve this, is an intern transparent safety organisation and contact information, second level is awareness, third level is continuous education and training and fourth level is collaboration on the subject across the Arctic research community.

Arctic DTU collaborate across Danish universities on safety in field and are partners in INTERACT where we work actively on Arctic safety and security across the pan-Arctic research stations.

Important contact information

Our local coordinator at Arctic DTU Sisimiut is point of contact if an incident should occur during activities connected to Arctic DTU Campus and Research Station. If this should fail, you should contact DTU Emergency at DTU CAS. Both are able to guide you in the situation. Make sure to save the numbers in your phone when working in Sisimiut and the surroundings.

In case of an emergency you must do the following:

1. Create safety
2. Assess the situation/the injured
3. Call for help – call Point of contact
4. Provide first aid or other appropriate help
5. Meet and guide the emergency services

Emergency contact at Arctic DTU Sisimiut (1st choice)
+299 26 78 08

Emergency contact at DTU Lyngby (2nd choice)
+45 9458 9458

Information material on arctic safety and security

It applies to students, teachers, researchers and staff who visit Arctic DTU Campus Sisimiut or Arctic DTU Research Station, that you need to familiarize yourself with the safety rules that apply for campus and the safety rules for travel and working in the surroundings. Be aware that you will have to pass an online quiz before your arrival. The quiz is based on the mandatory safety material listed at the bottom of the page where you also find the QR code for the quiz.

As a student, you will be introduced to Arctic safety at the beginning of the semester after arrival and you will have to complete the quiz within the first couple of weeks. All safety material is available for download to your tablet, iPhone and laptops, so you can carry it with you, and get access to it during fieldwork.

As a researcher, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with INTERACTs publication on Fieldwork Planning Handbook and INTERACT Communication and navigation handbook.

We recommend that you download INTERACT's Safety Pocket Fieldbook to your device before your field-trip, so that you always can access it during your trip.

You can find all materials at the bottom of this page.

Education and training for staff

In 2018 the Danish Universities agreed that staff working in the Arctic must complete an Arctic 1st Aid course and a rifle handling course if operating in areas with polar bears.

Arctic DTU offers both courses for DTU staff in February / March near Lyngby, Denmark before the fieldwork season in the Arctic starts. And again, later in the year if needed. We also arrange the possibility to refresh and train your shooting abilities in small groups during the year.

When you plan a stay at the Arctic DTU Research Station in Greenland, coming from outside of DTU, we expect you to have taken similar courses before arrival.

In 2023 we introduce a safety quiz that you have to complete regardless if you are a student, researcher og teacher. The quiz is part of a 30-minute film that addresses the most important issues concerning safety to make sure that you know how to prevent an accident and what to do if an incident should occur. During the film you will have to answer questions correctly, to pass the test. You can take the test as many times as you want but you will have to pass the test before your arrival. 

The quiz is under development and will be published on this page in February 2023.

Regular visitors to Sisimiut will have to complete the test once a year.
Have fun, enjoy the wilderness and stay safe out there!

Mandatory quiz when working or studying at Arctic DTU campus and Research Station

Eventhough, the safety material is mandatory it is a fact that very few people read it.

As a consequence, we introduce in 2023 a safety quiz you should complete regardless if you are a student, researcher og teacher. The quiz is part of a 30-minute film that touch on the most important issues to make sure you know what to if an incident should occur. During the film you will be asked questions you should answer correctly before you complete the test. You can take the test as many times you want but should be completed before your arrival.

(The Quiz is work is progress and is published on this page February 2023) 

For those of you who visit us often in Sisimiut you only need to complete the test once a year.

Have fun, enjoy the wilderness and stay safe out there!

Contact

If you have any inquires or questions contact us directly below or find the specific employees in the page 

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