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Edge Management: Technicians should always ensure precautions are taken to prevent damage to anchor lines when they are in use. Hazards such as sharp edges, abrasive surfaces, corrosive substances and heat sources are common in the workplace and may damage ropes which may come into contact with them or close proximity. Wherever possible, any hazard that could cause damage to the anchor lines should be removed. Technicians should utilise the hierarchical approach when identifying rope protection and edge management methodology, which prioritises the removal of hazards before considering avoidance through rigging methods or mitigation through rope protection. The following IRATA edge management poster illustrates that hierarchical approach, and is an excellent reference tool for technicians when considering rope protection and edge management methods. In addition to this poster, technicians should refer to ICOP Part 2, 2.7.10 and ICOP Annex P for further guidance. Please click here to download the poster.
ICOP Annex O: Protecting rope access technicians against environmental conditions can be downloaded here.
RAC Mediterranean & Scandinavia: We are delighted to confirm the formation of our Mediterranean and Scandinavian RACs, consisting of our members in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. We take this opportunity to wish the Chairs, namely Fernando Pinheiro (Mediterranean) and Nigel Craig (Scandinavia) every success with their efforts to further the growth and sustainability of the IRATA system, within their regions.
IRATA is the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector; it has member companies in every continent.
Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA in the last 25 years to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas industry as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering, the built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.
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WORK & SAFETY REPORT
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This report summarises employment and accident / incident data submitted by member companies to the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). Members submitted two sets of reports: