Black Diamond issues voluntary recall of carabiners and runners

Statement from Black Diamond, a UIAA Safety Label holder, related to recent product recalls: Voluntary Product Recall of Carabiners and Quickdraws, subject to inspection Product Manufactured Between December 2014 and January 2016 Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily issued...

UIAA Safety Standards Update: Crash Pads

A new safety standard has been created by the UIAA Safety Commission dedicated to the safety requirements and test methods for crash pads for use in bouldering climbing. The document is available to view and download here. The Test Method UIAA 161, CRASH PADS Determination of the critical fall height,...

New Download: UIAA Warning About Climbing Anchor Failures

The UIAA Safety Commission has produced an extensive document charting the factors behind the recent incidents of unexpected climbing anchor failures, notably those under low loads and sometimes after only some months/years in place. The effects of Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) has been...

DMM Product Safety Warning -Recall!

It has come to our attention that the locking mechanisms of some DMM locking carabiners are developing a dysfunction. In a small percentage of carabiners, the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate it’s closing action) and the spring pusher (the component that...

Camp announces recalls for crampons

AMP (Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana) has announced a recall for two sets of crampons: RECALL FOR REPLACEMENT Cassin Blade Runner Crampons If you have purchased a pair of Cassin Blade Runner (ref. 37801, 37803) or Blade Runner Alpine Crampons (ref. 37802, 37804), CAMP asks you to stop using them...

Warning Notice Tech Rock Anchors

Tech Rock has issued a warning for faulty anchors. If you detect corrison or tiny cracks in your FIXE anchors please report the problemto the UIAA at safetylabel@theuiaa.org.   ...

New standard for snow picket approved by UIAA Safety Commission

UIAA 155 is newest standard released by the Safety Commission The UIAA Safety Commission unanimously adopted the snow picket standard, UIAA-155 in June. This new standard, fills a gap in UIAA Safety Standards with requirements derived from snow anchor (dead-men) and piton standards. The requirements set forth in UIAA...

Buyer Beware: The perils of buying crampons online

It's buyer beware when purchasing crampons online  (Photo: BMC for UIAA) The British Mountaineering Council has posted a warning about dangerous crampons being sold online. As the warning states: Getting equipped to tackle the mountains in winter can seem an expensive business, with the cost of boots, axe and crampons totting up to...

Spanish laboratory certified to UIAA Safety Standards

UIAA Safety Standards are recognized around the world (Photo: Dave Custer for UIAA) AITEX (Textile Industry Research Association), a renowned centre for research, innovation and advanced technical services in Spain, is the newest test laboratory accredited to certify climbing equipment to UIAA Safety Standards. The UIAA Safety...