The National Incident Database Project was initiated by New Zealand Mountain Safety Council after
discussions arising from the Risk 2002 Conference and with Rick Curtis of OutdoorSafety.org.
This database is designed for use by those involved in outdoor activities. That is, people and organisations
involved in self propelled outdoor pursuit/outdoor adventure activities such as; kayaking, rafting, biking,
tramping, trail running, caving, skiing, climbing, sailing, paragliding, diving, etc. As well as motorised
adventure activities such as quad biking and jet skiing. These people/organisations could be commercial,
educational, not for profit, or informal groups and individuals recreating in the outdoors or any combination of the above.
The project aims to:
- Create a standard method for collecting and analyzing outdoor incident data. Although the
locations may be different, the activities themselves such as rock climbing, ropes courses, and
kayaking are much the same therefore the incidents that occur are usually similar.
- Have an accepted database standard will allow for the collation of data from various sources.
The more data collected, the better our ability to analyze it, identify trends, and make concrete
recommendations for programme improvement.
- Provide timely and accurate incident data to varying government agencies.
- Work towards developing an international standard to enable it easier to integrate programme
data from around the world.
Project is a joint effort of outdoor organisations, within New Zealand. Project partners include:
New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (NZMSC)
Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ)
Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ)
Ministry of Education, New Zealand
Outdoor education/Recreation National Incident Database (OER NID)
Guide to using OER NID
Click here for an example Outdoor Education/Recreation Incident Database
Click here for a hard copy of the Outdoor Education/Recreation Incident form
Click here for a hard copy of the Incident Severity Scale
Click here to view the 2007 National Incident Database pamphlet
Snowsports National Incident Database (SS NID) - for ski field use only
Click here for an example Ski Area Incident Database
Snow Sports NID guide - entering an incident