Safety Awareness in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

In wildlife and fisheries sciences, undergraduate and graduate students, managers, staff and faculty, find themselves working in environments with inherent dangers. Often, we approach our jobs accepting a certain degree of risk. Understanding risk and steps to reduce harm for those around us and ourselves is part of being a responsible professional.

Possessing knowledge and implementing training are first steps to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Accidents happen fast and knowing what to do in an emergency can save the lives of your colleagues, and yourself.

In an effort to increase safety awareness, we offer the following web-sites as quick references to better understand occupational hazards and responses to emergency situations. You may know of other helpful safety web-sites that could add new information to the list of safety links. If so, please forward them to Dr. Jim Cathey (

James C. Cathey, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

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Aquatic Safety

Protect Yourself on the Water:

Aquatic safetyFisheries Safety Handbook The Handbook from the American Fisheries Society assists researchers, educators, managers, and administrators involved in the fields of fishery and aquatic science and resources management in creating a safe and productive work environment. This handbook covers safety issues within the fisheries profession including defensive driving, boating safety, electrofishing safety, CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) and first aid training, fish handling safety (injuries from spines and fins), pesticide application certification training (rotenone and aquatic herbicides), underwater and diving safety, and laboratory safety (chemical safety, slippery floors).

Vessel Safety Check:

Navigation Rules Online:

TPWD Boater Education:

TPWD Boating – Reporting an accident:

TPWD Boating Laws:


General First Aid Topics:

Specific Information for Texas Boaters:

Rendering Assistance on the Water:

Running Aground:

Treating Hypothermia:

Crew Overboard:

Float Plan Example:

Water Safety Resource Guide:


Terrestrial Safety Terrestrial Safety

Chainsaw use and safety:

All Terrain Vehicles safety tips:

Winching safety tips:

Trailer towing safety tips:

TAMU Safety Manual (topics: fire, laboratory, chemical, power tools, biological, and more):


Ladders, lifting, and falls:

Heat Stress:

How to use a fire extinguisher:

Firearm safety, boating safety, nature safe, outdoor survival skills:

Travel Safety and overseas warnings:

Wildlife Disease Precautions:

Lyme Disease Prevention

Avian Disease

Snake bite

Information on Snake Bites

Information on Insect/Spider Bites and Poisonous Plants

Laboratory Safety

Laboratory SafetyTAMU Safety Manual (topics: fire, laboratory, chemical, radiological, biological, power tools and more):

Safe storage of laboratory chemicals:

Autoclave safety:

Use and disposal of sharp objects:

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