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Rope Access is a system made up of five components that each hold their own safety checks and balances in place. Together these five components create a synergy of work at height that is centered around one thing: safety. Although Rope Access is efficient; the ultimate purpose is to provide a safer method of work at height. These five components are regulated by two Rope Access associations: IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) and SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians).
A Rope Access team must conduct their Rope Access activities in accordance to their company’s Rope Access Operating Procedures (RAOP). Think of it as the OHS for Rope Access! The RAOP outlines the standards and regulations of all the other safety components of the Rope Access system. To ensure consistency across all Rope Access companies, this RAOP must be built to meet the standards and regulations as set out by IRATA and SPRAT. As an additional safety measure, IRATA will audit the RAOP of their member companies.
Rope Access is performed on a 2 rope system that is based on the safety measure of redundancy. There is always a back-up rope system in place at all times in addition of the main working line. The technician is attached independently to both these ropes, which are each independently rigged to separate anchor points. This means that in the unlikely event one rope is compromised, there is another full rope system that can be accessed immediately. Every type of rigging and maneuver in Rope Access is based on the practice of redundancy.
The structure of Rope Access training is comprised of 3 levels within IRATA and SPRAT associations. Graduating to each level requires a technician to have extensive hours on rope that are logged, detailed, and signed off on to verify their work experience. Technicians have their rope competency tested by a third party assessor or evaluator before they can move to their next level of certification. This means there is no impartiality when appraising their level of Rope Access competency. Training, experience and testing are all essential to standardizing our high level of safety and best practice on all job sites.
Our Level 3 supervisors are key to every work site. No job can be done without a supervisor on site to ensure safety and protocol, service and quality. Both IRATA and SPRAT associations require this standard. Each supervisor can perform on site First Aid to ensure our rescue component and each supervisor has fulfilled many years of experience on rope. Besides the standard expectations of a Supervisor, a L3 Rope Supervisor is responsible for all rigging, maneuvers, equipment, and technician competency, and rescue procedures on site. No technician can be using Rope Access without a L3 Supervisor present.
Rope Access cannot be accomplished without Rope Access specific equipment. As per our regulation, we are never allowed to use any equipment outside it’s intended purpose and design. A Rope Access company also has the responsibility to identify, log, and inspect each individual piece of Rope Access gear on a scheduled basis to ensure competency. The equipment handling procedures as outlined in the RAOP are labour intensive with the sole purpose of ensuring our equipment is stands up to the test when we are on rope!