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Which CSCS card do I require?

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Is a Level 3 able to certify rope access equipment ?

Being an IRATA Level 3 technician does not certify them to carry out thorough examination of personal fall protection equipment. Further training may be required in this specific area to ensure competence in carrying out the task.

* Information regarding competence can be found in part 2.4 of the ICOP.

* Information regarding inspection, care and maintenance of equipment can be found in part 2.10 of the ICOP

Can a Level 1 or 2 work on site without a Level 3's supervision?

There are three levels (grades) of rope access technician: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, the third level being the highest. All worksites operated by IRATA International member companies have at least one IRATA Level 3 rope access safety supervisor on site as the person responsible for the safety of the rope access systems and the Level 1 and Level 2 rope access technicians who work under their supervision. An IRATA International rope access team consists of at least two rope access technicians, one of whom has to be an IRATA International Level 3 rope access safety supervisor. Lone working is not allowed.  IRATA International rope access safety supervisors are trained in first aid and are required to hold an in-date qualification. Management and supervision. There should be proper management and supervision of the rope access worksite. Managers responsible for the rope access site should be: a) competent in management skills; b) have adequate knowledge of rope access technical procedures to enable them to manage the rope access work site competently. Worksites using rope access require the supervision of rope access safety and of the work project itself. These two types of supervision may be the responsibility of different people or the same person. This code of practice covers only the supervision of rope access safety.  Under the IRATA International training, assessment and certification scheme, only Level 3 rope access technicians are permitted to be rope access safety supervisors. Rope access safety supervisors should be: a) competent in supervisory skills; b) competent in rope access techniques appropriate to the particular worksite and should understand the limitation of those techniques; c) responsible for hazard identification and risk assessment for rope access related tasks; d) competent in workmate rescue/retrieval techniques appropriate to each worksite and be able to organize and put into effect a workmate rescue/retrieval appropriate to that worksite. Rope access technicians should work in teams of no fewer than two, one of whom should be a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor. NOTE There are many situations that require more than a two-person rope access team, depending, for example, on the nature of the work; site conditions; competency of the work team; potential rescue scenarios.

What colour coding methods can we use on our equipment for traceability?


This is achieved typically by the use of an identifier, e.g. a Load-bearing rope access equipment should carry sufficient marking:
a) to enable identification of the manufacturer and, where appropriate, the model/type/class of
equipment;

b) so that it can be easily associated with its respective documentation, e.g. certificates of
conformity, examination and inspection records;

c) to allow further traceability, e.g. to enable the isolation of a rogue batch of components;

d) to meet any requirements of legislation, e.g. national regulations.manufacturer’s serial number, or by batch marking with additional forms of identification, e.g. a coding system.

Equipment that does not have adequate marking made by the manufacturer should be
indelibly marked in a manner that does not affect its integrity, e.g. by the use of: plastic or metal tags,
which can be stamped with data and fixed with cable ties; a suitable paint; a suitable adhesive tape.
(The paint or adhesive should be of a type that is not capable of damaging the component being
marked and should be applied and positioned so that it cannot obscure any defect.)

Equipment such as ropes and harnesses could be indelibly marked by various methods,
e.g. by marking their identification on a tape, which is then fixed in place by a heat-shrunk clear plastic
cover. Lengths cut off a main rope could have the identity transferred to them sequentially; e.g. a
piece of rope cut off a main rope numbered A1 could be numbered A1/1, A1/2 etc. Connectors are
often colour coded to indicate an in-date inspection period, as older items often lack unique
identification and marking by the user can be difficult.

Metal items should not be marked by stamping, unless by agreement with the
manufacturer. This is because stamping can cause the potential for cracking of certain metals under
certain conditions and, therefore, great care should be taken if this method of marking is chosen. The
marking of metal items by engraving should only be carried out in such a way that it does not affect
the integrity of the equipment, e.g. by marking in a non-safety-critical area of a component. It should
be noted that stamping and engraving may damage any applied corrosion-resistant surface, e.g.
electroplating, and it is recommended that steps be taken to avoid this potential for damage, e.g. by
coating the indentations made by the stamping or engraving with paint.

Helmets should not be marked with adhesive labels or adhesive tape without permission
from the manufacturer, as some solvents used in adhesives can adversely affect the helmet’s
performance. Care should be taken that equipment made from webbing or rope is not marked with
damaging chemicals, e.g. inks, or products containing potentially harmful adhesives.

The identification and traceability details should be matched to records of use to help in the
equipment’s care and maintenance. This also applies to hired or sub-contractors’ equipment.

What happens if I do not work on ropes for 6 months?

Rope access technicians not engaged in rope access work for six months or more should attend refresher training.

Our IRATA Training, assessment and certification scheme (TACS) states that:

If rope access technicians are not using rope access techniques regularly, they should be evaluated for competence prior to the commencement of operational duties. Refresher training in particular techniques may be required and the amount of operational supervision necessary afterwards may need to be adjusted, depending on the outcome of the risk assessment.
If rope access technicians do not use rope access methods for a period of more than six months, they are required to undergo refresher training. The training should be appropriate for each individual and should be recorded in his or her logbook, see ICOP Part 2, 2.5.2.8. Refresher training:
a) shall be carried out by an IRATA International Level 3 rope access technician;
b) shall not be carried out during operational duties;
c) may involve the need to undergo a full training course.

Who can sign a logbook?

Logbooks are issued by the IRATA International office and shall be maintained by the rope access Technician. Logbook entries shall be countersigned by the supervising Level 3 rope access Technician.

Under the heading Supervisor’s signature, all logbook entries shall be countersigned by the supervising Level 3 rope access Technician, who shall log their name (printed clearly), signature and IRATA International unique number.

NOTE: Rope access Technicians wishing to upgrade who are unable to provide Level 3 signatures should contact an IRATA training member company prior to booking on a course.

• Technicians that are not always able to obtain signatures from an IRATA level 3 should have their hours signed by a person in authority who can verify that the hours are accurate and have been completed on a double rope system. The person approving the hours logged should print their name, position and leave a contact telephone number.

If this is done retrospectively, an official letter from an employing company verifying multiple entries is also acceptable.
Examples of people who may sign logbooks are:
• Rope access supervisor from other systems e.g. Soft L4 or Sprat L3, ARAA L2/L3
      - (If unsure contact the local RAC for advice);
• Rope access project manager or company managing director.

Are Non-IRATA companies required to provide a Level 3 supervisor?

It is a condition of membership that all IRATA member companies have IRATA Level 3 technicians onsite, they are in place to provide rope access safety supervision.  For non-member companies this is not a condition and as such will operate outside our IRATA International Code of Practice.

Your employer however has a responsibility to provide you with a safe place of work including providing you with appropriate rope access safety supervision.  I would advise speaking with your employer to find out further information.  IRATA are not in a position to comment on non-member company policy and procedure as it is not the business of IRATA.

Can I convert my working hours from another association to an IRATA logbook?

Under the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) training, assessment and certification scheme (TACS) it is not possible to transfer previous work experience of a different rope access association into a current IRATA logbook.  IRATA does have a direct entry scheme, however this is only available to candidates working in a IRATA ‘development’ area.

What first aid certificate do I require?

As per our Training, assessment and certification scheme (TACS) 4.12 - Level 3 rope access technicians and employing companies are both responsible for ensuring that all first-aid certificates are appropriate and current during operational duties.

You are not required to show your first-aid certificates during your IRATA training and assessment, however as above you need to ensure you have current first-aid certificates that are ‘appropriate’ when carrying out IRATA Level 3 duties.  This is for you and your employer to decide.

Is there a maximum of time you are allowed to work “in ropes” per day (without a break)?

Please reference our IRATA International code of practice (ICOP) 2.11.10 for information on Welfare. Also please reference your local legislation for information on work time/ break periods.

Do you have any information on harness suspension?

Please reference our IRATA international code of practice (ICOP), part 3 Annex G - Suspension intolerance for current information and guidance.  The ICOP is downloadable from www.irata.org select PUBLICATIONS/ICOP.

What counts as one years’ experience between assessments?

For the avoidance of confusion, 1 years’ experience means a Technician is eligible for upgrade
assessment on the calendar day one year and one day after their previous assessment. E.g. 1st April 2014 Level 1 assessment, 2nd April 2015 earliest possible L2 assessment.

How many days after training can a technician have to take an assessment?

Breaks in training, or between training and assessment, shall not be longer than 60 days,
after which candidates are required to attend a further training course in full. Evidence of qualifying prior
training must be presented to the training member company prior to assessment.

What are the safe working conditions when referring to wind speed?

Please refer to ICOP Annex O 1.1 to 1.4

Can I assess on the same date as my expiry?

Technicians are permitted to assess up until midnight of their expiry date.

 

 

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