Resources - Shovels

AVALANCHE RESCUE SHOVEL - INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Assembly/Handling: The shaft can be rotated to accommodate right or left-handed shoveling. Push spring pins to extend shaft and/or remove for storage in backpack.

  • T-Grip: Thumb should grasp short side, fingers should grab long side.
  • D-Grip: BCA logo should face up for best ergonomics.
  • Hoe Mode: 2H shovels only. Remove shaft, then attach short side of the grip to blade.

AVALANCHE RESCUE SHOVEL - STORAGE, MAINTENANCE, TRANSPORTATION, AND DISPOSAL

  • Temperature: Never expose the product to temperatures above 80° C (176° F) so as to not diminish or alter the performance of the product.
  • Chemical Reagents: Immediately retire the product if it comes in contact with any chemical reagents, fuels, solvents, or any other active or corrosive substance.
  • Cleaning Metallic Parts: Rinse with clean water and then air dry.
  • Cleaning Plastic Parts: Rinse in clean water (maximum temp 30°C or 86°F) and mild soap. Air dry away from heat.
  • Storage. Store unpacked and open to the ambient air in a cool, dry, dark place away from direct heat sources, sunlight, sharp edges, corrosive substances, or any other reasonably foreseeable causes of damage.
  • Transportation. Protect the product from all risks outlined above during any transportation event.
  • Service Life. For BCA plastic parts, the maximum lifetime is 10 years from the date of manufacture. Metallic parts are indefinite.

AVALANCHE RESCUE SHOVEL - EDUCATION RESOURCES

AVALANCHE RESCUE SHOVEL - UIAA STANDARD 156

All BCA Dozer avalanche shovels are designed to meet the UIAA standards.

The UIAA Standard 156 defines the thresholds for the minimum mechanical requirements for a shovel to reliably withstand the loads generated in avalanche rescue activities. It defines the thresholds for the minimum values of ergonomic requirements derived from the field experience for a good shovel performance based on user capabilities. It also outlines a minimum construction requirement for good operability on the field. Finally, it defines testing procedures, built on a robust technical basis.

The UIAA Safety Commission is the only developer for international standards for mountaineering equipment. The Commission unites independent experts, national accredited laboratories, and leading manufacturers working together to define a baseline for the performance of mountaineering equipment, developing and updating standards to minimize accidents caused by equipment failure or unsafe design.