Safety

The Safety toolbox provides information pertaining to safety in wilderness. It includes law and agency policies, management guidelines and tools pertaining to both visitor and employee safety in wilderness. Toolboxes are comprehensively reviewed and updated approximately every three years, with intermittent small updates and additions in the interim. To suggest new materials for inclusion, email Lisa Ronald at lisa@wilderness.net. Date of last update: 01/12/2019.

Introduction

Safety is only mentioned briefly in the Wilderness Act of 1964 in the context of prohibited uses and minimum requirements. "...except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act (including measures required in emergencies involving the health and safety of persons within the area), there shall be no..." Risk, adventure, discovery and the unknown are valued by many in a wilderness experience. Never-the-less, it is each agencies responsibility to consider the health and safety of both persons who visit and employees who work in wilderness.

Visitor Safety

Law and Policy

The Wilderness Act

Safety in:

THE WILDERNESS ACT

Public Law 88-577 (16 U.S. C. 1131-1136)

PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN USES

(c) Except as specifically provided for in this Act, and subject to existing private rights, there shall be no commercial enterprise and no permanent road within any wilderness area designated by this Act and except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act (including measures required in emergencies involving the health and safety of persons within the area), there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area.

Agency Policy

Management Guidelines, Strategies, and Practices

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Case Studies

Job Hazard Analyses