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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Jim Margolis

on 1/29/15

Carabiner Failure at Pin



Should You Retire a Dropped Carabiner?

Contributor Jim Margolis–climber, NOLS instructor, and engineer–shares a (very) detailed analysis of strength alteration in his study of test-dropping carabiners. He discusses what outdoor programs and climbers have debated for ages: to retire or not to retire this fallen gear? Though when in doubt, throw it out, Jim tells us a drop from the waist should not cause much concern. Beeline to the first and final paragraphs for the main points; read between for a friendly dose of physics.

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Field Safety    Tools & Toys    
By

Josh Beckner

on 1/26/15

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Review: Mammut Safety App

Contributor Josh Beckner, Director of the School for International Expedition Training, offers his input on the popular Mammut Safety App used for assessing backcountry snow conditions. In this punchy review, Josh does not hold back in his critique of the app. Beyond strong points of altimeter, compass, and inclinometer, Josh heavily questions its overall safety. He wonders if some of its issues are simply due to language translation; regardless, he reminds us there is no replacement for training, sound judgment, and the standards already in place for avalanche assessment.

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Program Management    
By

Andrew Leider

on 1/21/15

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5 Keys to Building a Risk Management Culture

Written by organizational consultant Andrew Leider, this important article addresses the foundational role of program culture in fostering effective risk management. Clear steps and key questions help assess and improve your program's environment of safety.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/17/14

UVEX Bicycle Helmet Recall



UVEX Bike Helmet Recall

UVEX Sports recalls bicycle helmets due to risk of head injury. The chinstrap can fail, causing the helmet to slide off, and the helmets also do not comply with impact requirements of CPSC safety standards. Helmets should be returned to UVEX Sports for refund or replacement. 

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 12/1/14

Goal Zero Sherpa Battery



Goal Zero Solar Battery Pack Recall

Goal Zero recalls Sherpa 50 and Sherpa 120 rechargebale power packs. The solar-chargeable batteries often used for devices on outdoor trips can overheat, causing fire hazard. Power packs should not be used and can be replaced via Goal Zero.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 11/19/14

Black Diamond Whippet Ski Pole



Black Diamond Whippet Pole Recall

Black Diamond recalls Whippet ski poles. The handgrip can break, failing to stop users from sliding downhill and posing a risk of injury. For free replacament of the upper shaft of the poles, contact Black Diamond.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 11/17/14

Aqua Lung Recall



Aqua Lung BC Recall

Aqua Lung expands recall of Buoyancy Compensators with Surelock II weight pocket handles. The rubber handles can detach when divers try to remove the weight pockets to surface in an emergency, which poses a drowning hazard. Return product to an Aqua Lung dealer for replacment. Visit http://www.aqualung.com/us/surelock-recall for full information from Aqua Lung.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/20/14

Louis Garneau Helmet



Louis Garneau Bike Helmet Recall

Louis Garneau recalls aerodynamic bicycle helmets due to injury hazard. In cold temperatures, the helmet can fail to protect from impact injuries. Helmets involved have model number 1405362 and the manufacture date "Jan. 2014" on a sticker inside the helmet. Recalled helmets should be returned for refund or replacement.

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OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/13/14

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OSI at AORE in Portland, Oregon

Alex Kosseff presents at the annual AORE (Associate of Outdoor Recreation and Education) Conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon, November 12-14 with preconference days November 8-11. Alex will be leading his workshop "10 Steps to Better Risk Management". We hope to see you there!

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