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  • Jeff Baierlein

Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Book Available in E-book & Paperback Editions

Viristar’s acclaimed textbook, Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure is now available in both paperback and e-book editions.

This 218-page text is a definitive resource for wilderness, experiential, travel, and adventure programs world-wide. Risk Management for Outdoor Programs takes a systems view of incident causation and prevention, and walks readers the steps necessary to minimize the probability and severity of mishaps.

The book introduces the “Risk Domains” model of understanding factors that lead to incidents, and describes risks—and their management—in the domains of Organizational Culture, Activities and Program Areas, Staff, Equipment, Participants, Subcontractors, Transportation, Business Administration, Government, Society, Outdoor Industry, and Business Administration.

The text then gives a detailed treatment of “Risk Management Instruments,” or tools, which can be used to manage risks across multiple domains. The instruments are: Risk Transfer, Incident Management, Incident Reporting, Incident Reviews, Risk Management Committee, Medical Screening, Risk Management Reviews, Media Relations, Documentation, Accreditation, and Seeing Systems.

Risk Management for Outdoor Programs also address the legal context and legal duties, outdoor safety standards and where to find them world-wide, and the reduce-transfer-eliminate-accept approach to managing risks.

The e-book edition, a Kindle text-replica e-book download from Amazon, is available for virtually all devices, including Android, iPhone, tablets, Mac and PC.

Book chapters are:

  • Approaches to Risk Management

  • Standards

  • Legal Considerations

  • Safety Culture

  • Activities and Program Areas

  • Staff

  • Equipment

  • Participants

  • Subcontractors

  • Transportation

  • Business Administration

  • Risk Transfer

  • Incident Management

  • Incident Reporting

  • Incident Reviews

  • Risk Management Committee​

  • Medical Screening

  • Risk Management Reviews

  • Media Relations

  • Documentation

  • Accreditation

  • Seeing Systems

Aaron Funnell, Executive Director of Outward Bound Vietnam, has this to say about the book:

“A comprehensive and solid body of work--very impressive.“

The first 15 pages of the book are available to review here.

Purchasing information is available at


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