Safety Commission Meeting Bristol United Kingdom 2014

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

03 - 06 June 2014

Meeting Dates: 3 June 2014 - 6 June 2014

About the Safety Commission

The UIAA Safety Commission works to minimise accidents in mountaineering and climbing by developing and revising technical safety standards for equipment. The UIAA Safety Standards are used by many of the biggest manufacturers of mountaineering equipment and is recognised by climbers all over the world. Equipment which has been tested to our standards carries the UIAA symbol

We constantly review mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level and change them if necessary. We also accredit the laboratories which test the equipment. 

We also give climbers and mountaineers advice how to treat their equipment, and how best to use it to avoid accidents. 

The Safety commission have members from many different UIAA member federations. The manufacturers of equipment which use the UIAA safety standards are also  represented as trade members.

Our mission

To minimise accidents in mountaineering and climbing by:
  • Developing standards for mountaineering and climbing equipment to minimise accidents caused by equipment failure or unsafe design.
  • Analysing the market for mountaineering and climbing equipment to determine if the existing standards should be revised.
  • Reviewing mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if existing standards are at a high enough level and, where necessary, to modify them.
  • Accrediting laboratories that tests mountaineering and climbing equipment to ensure that the test results are in accordance with UIAA standards.