Privacy Policy

Avalanche Worker Safety (AWS), the owner of , is committed to respecting the privacy of its online visitors. This statement discloses the site’s privacy practices involving what information the AWS collects, how it uses that information, and how it shares it.

AWS provides data regarding the risk of avalanches to workers with a goal of reducing injury to workers and members of the general public. Users of AWS data and services understand that they are solely responsible to assess the risk of avalanche at all times, and indemnify and hold AWS harmless for any injury suffered from avalanche, whether or not such injury could be deemed to result from information available from AWS. Users agree that AWS cannot be held liable for any damages, monetary or otherwise, including reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and costs, that result from people submitting information or relying on information posted by AWS on its website. AWS does not warrant the accuracy of any Near Miss reports posted on its website.

Information Collection

AWS collects two types of information:

  1. Personal, voluntary registration information, such as name, address, and email address
  2. Nonpersonal statistical information, such as site traffic and usage patterns

Personal information submitted voluntarily is used to deliver requested information and to provide programs, products, and services as listed below. This information is stored on secured servers and retained as part of the Avalanche Near Miss project. This information is used solely by the AWS and others involved in the operation of this website and will not be sold to others for their business purposes. AWS disclaims liability for the use of any personal information contained on AWS’ website, and users accept all risk that information they submit could be used in a way that imposes liability on the user or that the user disapproves of.

Nonpersonal statistical information, collected in real-time, is to measure site activity and improve the structure of the website. AWS may also use this information to learn the interests and concerns of the website’s visitors.

Temporary session cookies are used to collect information and maintain things such as the items in a user’s shopping cart. These cookies are destroyed when their browsers close and do not track personally identifiable information. The cookies are used only to maintain sessions.

Information Use

How we may use personal information to:

  1. Send member updates
  2. Send information you request
  3. Register you for programs and services you have requested
  4. Answer your emails or online requests
  5. Send and process surveys
  6. Deliver member, meeting or event newsletters
  7. Recommend content that suits you
  8. Alert you when fresh content is posted or released
  9. Notify you about new products/services, special offers, upgrades and other related information from AWS, and approved third parties
  10. Unsubscribing or Managing Information

AWS makes every effort to ensure that only visitors who request mail or email will receive mail or email. To remove your name from the electronic newsletter or other mailing list, contact AWS.


AWS strives to collect and store data in a manner that protects its confidentiality, recognizing that no data transmission is entirely secure. Although AWS seeks to keep information in a secure environment to safeguard the confidentiality of users’ personal information, AWS cannot guarantee complete security.

AWS is mindful of your privacy concerns and strives to collect only as much data as is required to make your experience as efficient and satisfying as possible, in the most unobtrusive manner as possible.

Links to Other Sites

AWS may offer links to other sites. However, AWS has no control over these external sites or their content, and cannot be held responsible for any actions they may take or any information they might collect. You may arrive at one of these sites through clicking on a banner advertisement, as part of a co-branding arrangement, or simply by selecting a link on These sites might issue their own cookies or collect data or personal information. Please use caution when visiting an external site.

Privacy Protection for Children

In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, AWS does not knowingly permit anyone under the age of 13 to provide personal information through its website. If such provision is detected, AWS takes appropriate steps to remove this information from its databases.

These policies are effective as of January 1, 2017. AWS reserves the right to change this policy at any time. By using this site, you signify your assent to the AWS Privacy Policy.