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:
31 MAY – 1 JUNE, 2021 (ONLINE)

Safety Commission

As confirmed by the UIAA Management Committee (October 2020)

Members

Lionel  KIENER, Switzerland (SAC), President

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM), Vice President

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Nicholas GALPIN, United Kingdom (BMC)

Stephen GLADIEUX, United States (AAC)

Alan JARVIS, South Africa (MCSA)

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

  • CLIMBING EQUIPMENT RECALL INFORMATION

    The UIAA Safety Commission has shared details of three recent equipment recalls. Text marked in italics is provided by the individual manufacturer. Beal – Recall for Inspection Birdie (1st Generation) Serial Number : 05/19, 07/19, 08/19, 10/19...

  • UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
    Figure-eight knots

    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 answering...

  • AN EFFICIENT START TO 2021

    On Saturday 30 January, the UIAA Management Committee (MC) held its first online meeting since October’s UIAA General Assembly when five new members were elected to the body. The meeting was followed by a short session with the UIAA Commission Pres...

  • 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...

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