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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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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 5/29/13

Recalled GNU Snowboard Binding



GNU Snowboard Bindings Recall

GNU snowboard bindings have been recalled due to a fall hazard. The ankle straps may break. Numerous models are effected (follow the link for list and more details). Contact the manufacturer for free replacement straps. There have been 30 reports of strap failures with no injuries.

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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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OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 5/22/13

arc'teryx beta ar jacket



OSI Prize Drawing Winners

An Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket went to Aaron Bryant with YD Adventures who won our recent drawing for new Outdoor Safety Newsletter subscribers, 2nd prizes (3 copies of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership) went to Aaron Laurich with Global Rescue, Jessica Tietjen with Peak Adventures, and Pamela Hainsworth who works with Conrad Anker.

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Field Safety    Incidents    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 5/8/13

Sheep Creek 12' Avalanche Crown



Questions After 5 Die in Avalanche

Colorado's deadliest avalanche in 50 years killed 5. The group, many of whom had just met, came together as part of the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering, an event intended to promote backcountry snowboarding and avalanche safety. Questions about how such incidents can be prevented and links to some of the best coverage.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/26/13

Recalled WRSI Trident Whitewater Helmet



WRSI Whitewater Helmets Recall

The Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI) has recalled two models of whitewater helmets due to the potential for the chinstrap buckle to fail. The recalled models are the Trident and Moment and there are a variety of styles and colors. No injuries have been reported. OSI has recommended WRSI helmets, though these have been different models.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/10/13

Recalled US Divers Martinique Jr Mask



Youth Snorkeling Mask Recalls

U.S. Divers and Aqua Lung Sport have recalled two models of youth snorkeling masks due to a risk of glass shattering. The recalled models are the Santa Cruz Jr. (sold under the U.S. Divers and Aqua Lung brands), and the Martinique LX Jr. Snorkeling masks (pictured at left).

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/5/13

Via Ferrata Climber and Cables



Multiple Via Ferrata Recalls

In August 2012 a climber on a via ferrata in Tirol, Austria fell several meters and both of his energy absorbing lanyards broke. This incident has led to reevaluation of via ferrata sets and recalls by AustriAlpin, CT, Edelrid, Edelweiss, Mammut, Ocun, Salewa, Singing Rock, Stubai & Wild Country.

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Recalls    
By

OSI Staff

on 3/1/13

Recalled Singing Rock Via Feratta Tether



Singing Rock Via Ferrata Recall

Distributor Liberty Mountain has recalled the Singing Rock Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyard. Worldwide there have been a large number of via ferrata lanyards from different manufacturers recalled over the past year. Given these widespread recalls, users of ANY such equipment should check with the manufacturer to ensure their product has not been recalled.

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