2.1 HEALTH AND FIRST AID 23 Health and safety in bat work A. J. Mitchell-Jones A quick reference guide maybe available from your SNCO contact. Carrying a simple first-aid kit, and knowing how to use it, would be a sensible precaution for all site visits including those underground. Standard kits are widely available and could be kept as a permanent part of your site visit equipment. 2.2 Travel and night or lone working Travelling to and from bat work and working at dusk or at night carries an element of personal risk which can be minimised by taking a few simple precautions. • Avoid working alone wherever possible. Never go underground alone. • Avoid sites with a reputation for incidents. This might apply particularly to nighttime fieldwork at urban sites. • Be aware of what is going on around you and the location of the nearest house or phone box. Remember that when wearing headphones with bat detectors you maybe unaware of what is going on around you. Consider carrying a personal attack alarm. • Always tell someone reliable where you are going, what time you expect to return and what to do if you don’t turn up. Always keep to these arrangements and phone if you are going to be late. • Some SNCO offices have well-developed buddy systems or recording systems. These should be used where available. • Don’t rely on a mobile phone as you maybe in an area with poor reception.