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Scouting Victoria Falls

Kayakers scout below Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya locally) on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 5/19/11

recalled petzl scorpio lanyard



Petzl Scorpio Recall EXPANDED

Petzl has EXPANDED it's recall on Scorpio L60 and L60 CK Via Ferreta Layards to include those manufactured up to May 19th, 2011 and issued an alert on its Absorbica industrial/construction energy absorber.

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Recalls    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/27/11

recalled triad iodine prep pads



Iodine and Alcohol Prep Pad Recall

The Triad group has recalled Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs, Alcohol Swabsticks, and Providine Iodine Prep Pads sold under several brand names. These pads may have dangerous microbial contamination. These products are included in many first aid kits.

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Recalls    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/27/11

recalled atwater carey first aid kits 1st aid



Atwater Carey 1st Aid Kit Warning

Atwater Carey first aid kits (manufactured by Wisconsin Pharmacal Company) may contain Triad Iodine Prep Pads. The Triad Iodine Prep Pads have been recalled (as have their alcohol prep pads) due to potential contamination with bacteria that could lead to life threatening infections.

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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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Recalls    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/21/11

recalled camp photon carabiner rock climbing mountaineering



CAMP Photon Carabiner Recall

CAMP USA has recalled their Photon Carabiners, Photon and Mach Express quickdraws. The recall covers all versions of the Photon including straight, bent, wire, and locking gates. According to the U.S. CPSC: "The carabiner gate may open under a heavy load, posing a risk of serious injury or death if the climber falls."

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Recalls    Tools & Toys    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/20/11

Recalled SPOT Satellite Communicator



SPOT Communicator Recall

SPOT has recalled their Satellite Communicator. The devices may fail to send emergency and other messages, with failures occuring below 40º Farhrenheit. As OSI has previously written, we do not consider SPOT the best option for emergencies.

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Field Safety    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 4/4/11

No sheep image refering to followership for outdoor adventures



Followership for Outdoor Adventures

In the outdoor education and recreation field we often speak of leadership, but far less often about followership. That may be a mistake. Check out Brenda Porter's article from the Colorado Mountain Club for more.

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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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Recalls    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 3/20/11

Felt F75



Bike Recalls: REI, Felt, & Rocky Mountain

There have been a number of bicycle recalls recently. These include hybrid bikes from REI (Novara), road racing bikes from Felt, and road racing bikes from Rocky Mountain.

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