About OSHA Climbing Regulations

About OSHA Climbing Regulations
For those who oversee or manage facilities that involve outdoor or indoor rock climbing or mountain hiking, certain regulations must be followed as set forth by the federal Occupational Health & Safety Administration.

Fall Protection

Something every instructor must go over with his clients is protection from a possible fall. This includes proper landing technique, avalanche awareness and how to break a fall.

Climbing Aids

An instructor or manager has the responsibility to provide adequate climbing aids to clients. This may include harnesses, clips and hooks needed for a safe climb.


Loads and weight-bearing boundaries should be addressed before a climb. This includes any backpack or carry-on pack the climber may have.

Body Belts

Body belts and harness adjustment are essential to a successful climb. Making sure that each climber has been shown how to properly use belts, harnesses and ropes is part of OSHA's safety standards.

Instructional Data

Providing instructional data such as video guides, booklets, or hands-on demonstrations of how to safely climb rocks, mountains, ice or other terrain is necessary. Another important part of OSHA guidelines is demonstrating accident scenarios and reviewing safety and first aid concerns related to each type of climb.

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