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Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)

847-325-5860 – www.acctinfo.org (Link will open in a new window)

ACCT develops, refines and publishes standards for installing, maintaining and managing challenge courses, provides forums for education and professional development and advocates for the challenge course industry.



American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

202-293-8020 – www.ansi.org (Link will open in a new window)

Voluntary consensus standards pertaining to work and industry, including fall protection, safety equipment, etc. ANSI is the official USA contact for ISO standards.



American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

847-699-2929 – www.asse.org (Link will open in a new window)

America’s oldest and largest professional safety organization for professionals managing, supervising and consulting on safety, health, and environmental issues.



ASTM International

610-832-9585 – www.astm.org (Link will open in a new window)

Full consensus, voluntary standards on a variety of topics including search and rescue operations and equipment.



Cordage Institute (CI)

610-971-4854 – www.ropecord.com (Link will open in a new window)

Cordage standards pertaining to all varieties of rope, including life safety rope.


Mountain Rescue Association (MRA)

www.mra.org (Link will open in a new window)

Volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and safety education.



National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)

703-222-6277 – www.nasar.org (Link will open in a new window)

Membership organization furthering professional, literary and scientific knowledge and training in rescue fields.



National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

617-770-3000 – www.nfpa.org (Link will open in a new window)

Industry consensus standards pertaining to public and firefighter safety. Pertinent standards include professional qualifications, technical rescue, and life safety rope and equipment.



National Park Service (NPS)

202-208-6843 – www.nps.gov (Link will open in a new window)

Federal organization that oversees national parks and what happens in them.



National Safety Council (NSC)

630-285-1121 – www.nsc.org (Link will open in a new window)

A membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.



Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

800-321-OSHA (6742) – www.osha.gov (Link will open in a new window)

Federal regulatory agency regulating workplace safety through mandatory regulations. Pertinent regulations include fall protection and confined space.

Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT®)

www.sprat.org (Link will open in a new window)

Resource for information, networking, and support for companies and workers who use on-the-job rope access techniques.


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