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Program Management    Legal    
By

Charles “Reb” Gregg

on 3/24/11

Outdoor Education & Recreation Attorney Reb Gregg



Do Industry Standards Increase Our Liability?

This must-read guest article by attorney Reb Gregg addresses claims that industry standards increase the potential for legal liability. Reb tackles both legal and ethical concerns surrounding industry standards for the oudoor education and outdoor recreation fields.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 1/31/11

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Climbing Gear Inspection

Climbing equipment inspection & retirement resources. We review extensive free resources provided by Petzl that are useful for institutional climbing programs.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Tools & Toys    
By

OSI Staff

on 1/27/11

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Emergency Communications

What is the primary emergency communication device for your program?  See what the Outdoor Safety Institute recommend. One of your participants is in a "life or limb" emergency situation, you or your field staff stabilize the situation as best as possible but know that this person needs to get to the hospital.  Do you have an emergency communication device?  What is it?

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OSI News    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 1/6/11

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“Adaptable Leaders” Interview

OSI Director Alex Kosseff is quoted extensively in this brief article "Becoming an Adaptable Outdoor Leader" in the January/February 2011 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine. Details after the link.

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Field Safety    OSI News    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/9/10

AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership



AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, Second Edition

Written by Outdoor Safety Institute Director, Alex Kosseff, the revised AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership has over 50% new content. This edition bring a new focus on risk management and outdoor safety, teaching, facilitation and leading youth. Follow the link for more info or go here for complete details.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 8/25/10

DMM Belay Master - A Safety Belay Carabiner?



DMM Belay Master - Added Safety?

Two years ago I purchased the DMM Belay Master Carabiners for a climbing program I manage. This unique carabiner prevents potentially dangerous cross-loading and allows you to confirm the carabiner is locked from a distance away. Is it useful for programs or personal use?

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Field Safety    Incidents    
By

Ryan Van Luit

on 7/26/10

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Lightning Incident

Grand Teton National Park, WY. Three separate climbing parties reported injuries after a storm hit around midday. The groups were all above 12,000 feet on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton Mountain  

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Ryan Welty

on 5/20/10

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Rescue PFD’s

We review the Stohlquist Descent and Astral Greenjacket. Rescue PFD's are important for any professional or personal paddle trip in moving water. With a rescue PFD you will now be able to help those unconscious swimmers with the quick release safety belt. Details after the link.

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Program Management    Transportation    
By

Ryan Van Luit

on 5/9/10

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Transporting Clients

Transporting clients and staff in program or contracted vehicles poses one of the most significant risk concerns for many organizations.  As we move quickly into the peak season for many organizations we want to offer some instigating questions and common industry practices to prepare and potentially integrate into your upcoming field season.  It's an ongoing issue with no simple answer.  Let us know if you have any thoughts or questions on this. 

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