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:
1-3 May 2022 in Skopje, North Macedonia

Safety Commission

As confirmed by the UIAA Management Committee (October 2021)

Members

Lionel  KIENER, Switzerland (SAC), President

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM), Vice President

Gebhard BARBISCH (ICAR)

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Nicholas GALPIN, United Kingdom (BMC)

Stephen GLADIEUX, United States (AAC)

Julia JANOTTE, Germany (DAV)

Artiomas KURANOVAS, Lithuania (LMA)

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)

Andrew HAVICS, United States (AAC)

Alan JARVIS, South Africa (MCSA)

Hitoshi ONODERA, Japan (JMSCA)

Da Chai WANG, Chinese Taipei (CTMA)

Safety News

  • UIAA SAFECOM ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS: RETIRING CARABINERS

    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...

  • UIAA VOLUNTEER SERIES: STEPHEN GLADIEUX

    Based in Redmond, Oregon, Stephen Gladieux (American Alpine Club, AAC) is the tenth profile in the UIAA’s volunteer series. For nearly a decade, Stephen has supported the UIAA Safety Commission becoming an official member in 2020. He is one of a nu...

  • ANCHOR WORKING GROUP PROGRESS HEADLINES SAFECOM MEET

    The UIAA Safety Commission held its latest online Plenary meeting from 8-9 November. The session was attended by six UIAA accredited laboratories, 14 internal Safety Commission delegates and 26 leading climbing and mountaineering equipment manufactur...

  • A Tribute to Carlo Zanantoni

    The UIAA pays tribute to Carlo Zanantoni, a long-time delegate of the UIAA Safety Commission (SafeCom) who passed away on 18 November. Carlo Zanantoni was born in Verona in 1930. From an early age, a love for the mountains drew him to the Dolomites. ...

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