Safety Commission

The UIAA Safety Commission is formed of experts with engineering backgrounds from different UIAA member federations,, as well as, international manufacturers with certified UIAA Safety labels, and accredited testing laboratories. The Safety Commission meets annually and is responsible for developing the UIAA Safety Standards and consequently working to help minimise accidents in mountaineering and climbing.

To ensure the highest standards for safety equipment are in place, the Commission constantly reviews mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level. The Commission also accredits the laboratories which test the equipment and shares regular advice to climbers and mountaineers on advice how to treat their equipment, and how best to use it to avoid accidents.

Safety label holding manufactuers from leading international brands plus Accredited testing laboratories are also represented within the Commission as trade members.

NEXT UIAA SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING:
TBC

Safety Commission

As confirmed by the UIAA Management Committee (May 2021)

Members

Lionel  KIENER, Switzerland (SAC), President

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM), Vice President

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Nicholas GALPIN, United Kingdom (BMC)

Barbisch GEBHARD (ICAR)

Stephen GLADIEUX, United States (AAC)

Artiomas KURANOVAS, Lithuania (LMA)

Julia JANOTTE, Germany (DAV)

Ali SAHIN, Turkey (TDF)

Alexandre VELHINHO, Portugal (FPME)

Corresponding Members

Vittorio BEDOGNI, Italy

Marc BEVERLY, United States

Frederico CAMPOS MARTINS DOS SANTOS, Brazil

Dave CUSTER, United States (AAC)

Alan JARVIS, South Africa (MCSA)

Agustin MOINAT, UK (ISA)

Hitoshi ONODERA, Japan (JMSCA)

Da Chai WANG, Chinese Taipei (CTMA)

Safety News

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    After almost two years of translation, editing, proof reading, photo research, graphic design and printing, the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia (FPSM), in cooperation with the UIAA and with technical support from The Petzl Foundation, ha...

  • UIAA RELEASES STANDARD 157:
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    Years of extensive research and development by the UIAA Safety Commission continue to come to fruition. In July, the UIAA released Standard 130 Load Sharing Devices and has recently published a Standard dedicated to Avalanche Rescue Probes, Standard ...

  • UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS: STATIC AND SEMI-STATIC ROPES

    The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – regularly receives questions related to safety topics. The UIAA Safety Commission, with support of other UIAA Commissions and experts, has published a series of articles answerin...

  • AAC RELEASES ANNUAL ACCIDENTS GUIDE IN SPANISH

    The American Alpine Club (AAC) has launched a Spanish edition of its annual Accidents in North American Climbing. This book has been published annually by the American Alpine Club since 1949, sharing stories and lessons from climbing accidents throug...

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