Oiled Sea Otter Capture Course

Traffic and Transportation


Any accident involving IWR vehicles (included private, rented, or leased vehicles used on official IWR business) must be reported to the driver’s supervisor. If the driver is unable to make a report, another responder who knows the details of the accident must make the report.


Air safety is a complex issue. Aircraft present many hazards to personnel, both as passengers and ground personnel. Spinning propellers and tail rotors are hazardous to personnel approaching or working around the aircraft.


When approaching or departing a helicopter, always establish visual contact with the pilot and proceed at the pilot’s signal. Remain within the pilot’s normal area of vision; never move towards the rear of the helicopter. Walk under blades in a crouched position. Blade tips may come within 5 feet (1.5 metres) of level ground.

NEVER walk up slope away from a helicopter, or down slope towards a helicopter.

Any loose articles of clothing must be properly secured before leaving the helicopter. Keep a tight grip on any loose items.

When traveling in a helicopter remain in your seat and do not change position while in flight.

Fasten seat belts.

The following precautions highlight some of the concerns that must be addressed:

  • No one will board or exit any aircraft unless directed by a pilot. Safe entry and exit procedures will always be followed, especially for helicopters. The pilot will provide a safety briefing.
  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are not required to be worn in aircraft, but sufficient PFDs must be provided for all on board.
  • Remember: The pilot is in charge.

Boats and Water

Response personnel working on or around boats are exposed to many risks. Special care should be taken to avoid injury when embarking, disembarking or handling lines.

Some Precautions include:

  • Wear a personal floatation device when in a boat or disembarking/embarking, or when around docking/mooring areas.
  • Handle ropes carefully.
  • Follow instructions of boat operators.
  • Stay clear of docking boats, particularly if it’s landing on the beach.
  • Under no circumstances are you allowed to operate a boat of any size unless trained.

Official Vehicle Use

International Wildlife Research requires that an operator hold a valid driver’s license for the class of vehicle that he/she is authorized to operate.


Each supervisor is responsible for restricting the use of Company-furnished vehicles to official IWR business only. They are also responsible for limiting use of such vehicles to properly authorized personnel.

Use of an official vehicle for a worker’s personal convenience or benefit constitutes misuse and is prohibited. Workers who misuse IWR vehicles are subject to dismissal.

All drivers of IWR vehicles are responsible for reporting any damage or deficiency. Repairs, adjustments, and maintenance can only be accomplished if the driver adequately documents and reports these items. Failure to report unsafe vehicle conditions can result in an accident.

Safety Belts

Responders operating or riding in company-furnished vehicles, or personal vehicles on official IWR business, are required to wear safety belts at all times. The driver should instruct the passengers to fasten their safety belts before operating the vehicle.