• Jeff Baierlein

Viristar Presents at Association for Challenge Course Technology 2023 Conference

Workshop on "Using Safety Science to Improve Outcomes" Offered at ACCT’s 33rd Annual International Conference & Expo, February 2023



Viristar will be presenting on using safety science to improve outcomes at ACCT’s Annual International Conference & Expo, which will be held February 9 - 12th, 2023 in Portland, Oregon USA.


Risk management is an essential element of good challenge course operation—and the design of accreditation, inspection and certification regimes. Viristar’s workshop will address how the academic literature of safety science can be used to improve outcomes at challenge courses.


This workshop will help challenge course, aerial adventure park, zipline and canopy tour managers understand how to apply the leading research of safety and risk management experts to build and maintain the best possible risk management system for challenge course operations.


Viristar will address the research and current best thinking on incident causation modelling, complex sociotechnical systems theory, resilience engineering, and conformance regimes. Workshop participants will get practical advice they can use right away to improve their risk management systems.



Viristar has provided risk management guidance to operators of challenge course and other outdoor adventure experiences around the world.


Viristar has provided risk management review (safety audit) services to experiential professionals operating high ropes challenge course facilities.


Organizations offering zipline, canopy tour, aerial adventure park, challenge course and related experiences in dozens of countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia have graduated from Viristar’s acclaimed Risk Management for Outdoor Programs certification course, learning essential standards and best practices for safety management of adventure activities.


Viristar has also provided guidance regarding ACCT and other standards bodies in its textbook, Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure, used as a resource by adventure, travel and experiential providers globally.


Viristar has also written about zipline safety incidents, such as a recent zipline fatality in Vermont and a tragic ropes course incident in Singapore.



ACCT is a trade association focused on standards, credentialing, government relations, and professional development of its members worldwide.


The Association is an American National Standards Institute-accredited standards developer for the challenge course, canopy tour, aerial adventure park, and zip line industry.


For more information about ACCT, or to register for the conference, visit the ACCT website.