AlpAccess is a rope access company, which is certified and member of IRATA: Industrial Rope Access Trade Association
Why rope access certified by IRATA?
Rope access has become the preferred access method for fast interventions at height, or reaching difficult areas. IRATA provides a set of safe procedures to safely use rope access.
What is IRATA ?
Industrial Rope Access Trade Association is the professional body for industrial rope access technicians. The IRATA work procedures designed for rope access provide a framework with safe methods to work at heights, using ropes and associated equipment to gain access to/from the workplace, but also for positioning.
The main advantage of using rope access methods lies primarily in the safety and fastness of workers to reach difficult areas where they operate. Often this is achieved with minimal impact on the activities taking place nearby. Another major benefit is that the total number of hours worked and the level of risk for a particular task are often reduced compared to other methods of access.
The main objective of using rope access methods is to plan, manage and carry the activities with a minimum number of accidents, incidents and other dangerous situations, and to guarantee a safe working system, where the property or the environment is not affected in any way.
IRATA International is continuously improving the work procedures that members have to follow and whose compliance is monitored. This way, a safe working system is implemented and maintained. Also, this is what differentiates IRATA member companies from other companies working in the same field.
Like any other working method at height, rope access should be seen as a complete system. Proper planning, management, competence and equipment must be treated as of equal importance. Each depends on the others for the existence of a safe working system.
The Code of Good Practice provides recommendations and guidance on rope access methods.
- The first chapter presents the fundamental principles and methods of control.
- Chapter 2 is resuming the first chapter in a detailed manner.
- 3rd chapter comprises a list of appendices, containing guidelines on working procedures and information on other important topics. Several appendices are still undergoing development.
- Chapter 4 contains references to the relevant national legislation.
- The 5th chapter contains the bibliography.
The chapters must be read in the light of the link between them, and this applies especially to the first two chapters.