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Sea Kayaking in Norway

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Field Safety    Program Management    OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 6/11/13

Wilderness Tripping Canoes



Midwest Risk Management Symposium

The inaugural “Midwest Risk Management Symposium” will provide a unique opportunity for a regional conference focused on outdoor risk management. OSI’s Alex Kosseff will be presenting along with other regional and national experts. Organized by the Upper Midwest’s 3 venerable YMCA wilderness tripping camps, it will run from 10/30 to 11/1 in Boulder Junction, WI.

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Program Management    OSI News    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 6/5/13

Volunteer Leader Training



Volunteer Risk Management Forum

As risk management in professionally led outdoor programs continues to improve, how do volunteer based programs fit in? A pre-conference session at the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference, on September 30, 2013 will explore these issues. Facilitated by Sierra Club's Mel MacInnis and OSI's Alex Kosseff.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/28/13

Shaking Hands in Agreement



Subcontracting Outdoor Programs

Subcontracting is a common occurrence in outdoor programs. There are many potential benefits to subcontracting including transferring risk to a better qualified organization. There are also potential pitfalls from a risk management perspective—learn how to avoid them.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/22/12

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Improving Water Safety

For most outdoor programs, drowning presents the greatest risk of an in-the-field fatality. Despite this many outdoor programs are not paying adequate attention to water safety hazards. Learn five key water safety steps programs should be taking.

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Program Management    
By

Ryan Van Luit

on 4/22/11

Defining Roles & Refining Program Leadership



Defining Roles, Refining Programs

OSI sees a strong trend in performance and safety among organizations, which clearly define roles among all of its employees.  It seems especially important within organizations with frequent staff turnover, seasonal employees, and employees newer to the workforce.

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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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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/16/10

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Requiring Communication Devices?

The ongoing discussion about requiring climbers in various locations to carry specific communication devices and climbers paying for rescue is discussed in a great article put out by the NorthWest Mountaineering Journal.  Details after the link.

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