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Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH)

The Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section (PESH) manages and oversees the environmental, safety, and health aspects of research and operations conducted in polar regions.
To learn more about PESH, click here.

USAP Programmatic Notice
USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

New U.S. Antarctic Program deployment requirement: Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine is now mandatory

USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

Restrictions for use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States Antarctic Program

NSF Point of Contact: Tim McGovern, Ocean Projects Manager, Division of Polar Programs (mcgovern@nsf.gov; Telephone: 703/292-4248

(Posted: 16 September 2014)

Special Announcements
USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

National Safety Stand-Down, May 2-6, 2016

(1 May 2016)

USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

Section Head for PLR's Polar Environment, Safety and Head Section Appointed.

(30 March 2015)

USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

On March 21, 2013, the National Science Foundation issued a summary response to the recommendations of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel that was charged with advising NSF on how to improve and streamline its logistical capabilities to more efficiently support world-class Antarctic science. The response is available here.

The U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel report was released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on 23 July 2012 during a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences.

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available here.

(Updated:  28 March 2013)


Summit Station

Staff practice rescuing a human-sized mannequin dangling from a 50-meter instrument tower at Summit Station, a research outpost on Greenland's ice cap that is funded by the NSF in cooperation with the Greenland government. (Photo credit: Larry Gullingsrud, Polar Field Services/CH2M HILL Polar Services)


                Taylor Valley

Environmental staff member cleaning up an old dump site in the Taylor Valley. (Photo credit: Clair VonHandorf, Best Recycling)

Last updated: 27 May 2016

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