New UIAA standards comingPosted: November 25, 2008
The UIAA, (Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme), has a new Safety Label for abseiling and belay devices coming out next year. That means that new standards are coming out for belay and rappelling devices. The goal of the UIAA is to update the standards on all equipment by 2009 year end. This update will also see new testing in several instances, particularly climbing harnesses and Via Farrata energy absorbing systems.
One very new idea will be recommendations on how climbers should inspect their own equipment and retire it. This will not be a standard. The Europeans understand the legal issues between a standard and a recommendation. It will be posted at the site when it is available.
I am a member of the Legal Experts Working Group of the UIAA.