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ASTM F1766-97a(2020)

Standard Guide for Ice Awls Self-Rescue Technique

Standard Guide for Ice Awls Self-Rescue Technique F1766-97AR20 ASTM|F1766-97AR20|en-US Standard Guide for Ice Awls Self-Rescue Technique Standard new BOS Vol. 13.02 Committee F32
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Significance and Use

3.1 This guide establishes a recommended procedure for utilizing ice awls as a self rescue technique on ice.

3.2 All persons who are identified as ice rescuers shall meet the requirements of this guide.

3.3 This guide will assist government agencies; state, local or regional organizations; fire departments; rescue teams; and others who are responsible for establishing a minimum performance for personnel who respond to ice emergencies.

3.4 This guide is not intended to be used in isolation, but as a component guide acknowledging many skills and techniques needed to respond at a cold water and ice emergency.

3.5 An ice rescuer shall be wearing an immersion suit, drysuit with PFD, or equivalent cold-water protection and buoyancy to perform these rescues.


1.1 This guide covers the self-rescue technique on ice utilizing the ice awl.

1.2 This guide is one of a series of self-rescue techniques for the ice rescuer.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 13.02
Developed by Subcommittee: F32.02
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/F1766-97AR20
ICS Code: 13.340.99; 97.220.40