We seek to provide the safest environment possible. The Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) does encompass 34 sq kms of heterogeneous land and there are thus some basic safety issues that should be acknowledged. These include rugged terrain on which you might stumble or slip, cold water in spring, roads with traffic, and possibly inclement weather including thunder storms. A safety page with potential risks and how we seek to mitigate them can be found | here |.
Ticks are now quite common at QUBS, including blacklegged ticks which carry the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme Disease. The first sign of infection is usually a circular rash. Other common symptoms include fatigue, chills and fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. If untreated Lyme disease can cause a suite of symptoms, from mild to incapacitating. More information can be on the Public Agency of Canada Fact Sheet.
We ask that you fill out the following release and health information forms from both Queen’s and Carleton University:
- Queen’s University Release, Health Info and Emergency Contact Form
- Carleton University Release, Health Info and Emergency Contact Form
We will also fill out an Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) document outlining these risks and will ask you to read it and acknowledge that you have done so.