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 (October 2020)

Members

Amit CHOWDHURY, India (IMF), President

Lionel KIENER, Switzerland (SAC), Vice President

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Nicholas GALPIN, United Kingdom (BMC)

Stephen GLADIEUX, United States (AAC)

Alan JARVIS, South Africa (MCSA)

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM)

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)

Christoph HUMMEL, Germany (DAV)

Da Chai WANG, Chinese Taipei (CTMA)

Agustin MOINAT, UK (ISA)

Hitoshi ONODERA, Japan (JMSCA)

Augustin UNSAIN, Argentina (FASA)

Thomas WEDLICK, USA (AAC)

Safety News

  • UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
    Bolts near edges

    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, recently commenced a series of articles answe...

  • UIAA UPDATES STANDARD 123: ROCK ANCHORS

    CORROSION AND STRESS CORROSION CRACKING FAILURE OF CLIMBING ANCHORS The subject of corrosion and stress corrosion cracking failure has been a work in progress for the past ten years within the UIAA Safety Commission. The Commission is delighted to co...

  • SafeCom: Fixed anchors needed for testing

    The UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) is seeking top anchors for evaluation and testing. Background Welding is a critical process in the manufacture of climbing top anchors. In the best of circumstances welding is a difficult to control process; manua...

  • Mammut recall of removable Airbag System 3.0

    UIAA Safety Label holder, Mammut, has shared the following information regarding a security recall for various avalanche backpacks with the Removable Airbag System 3.0. This, together with all other equipment recalls communicated to the UIAA Safety t...

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