Recent regulatory upgrades in British Columbia require rope access work to follow specific standards. Below is an overview of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) “Safe Practices for Rope Access Work.”
SPRAT was founded in 1995 in North America
SPRAT was founded in 1995 in efforts to
standardize rope work in North America.
Prior to the creation of SPRAT, various methods and minimal training existed.
Creating an acceptable standard provided a safe and recognizable system for safety managers and legislators to acknowledge in the workplace.
SPRAT’s Safe Practices for Rope Access Work (‘Safe Practices’) is a document which provides guidelines on the use of rope access methods and equipment in occupational settings. Whether your company decides to become a SPRAT member company or not, you will need to familiarize yourself with the operations in the Safe Practices if you employ SPRAT rope access technicians.
SPRAT’s Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work is an additional document which outlines the specific training procedures each SPRAT rope technician needs to follow. This document talks about the three levels of the certification, what is required at each level, and what it takes to advance.
Safe Practices clearly defines the duties and responsibilities of the employer, rope access program administrator, and level 1, 2, and 3 technicians.
Additional clarification is included for:
-Equipment selection, maintenance, inspection
-Access and hazard zones
-Suspended work platforms
-Tools and work equipment
-Rescue and emergency services
There are three levels of training for SPRAT. Between each level, you are required to gain 500 hours on rope and at least 6 months of work experience. For more information in what you’ll learn in a SPRAT course, click here!