“IRATA, the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry. The rope access technique developed by IRATA has now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it provides an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site, the IRATA system of rope access continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout the world. IRATA is now recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access… ” IRATA
- has over 200 member companies and 40000 IRATA technicians registered in over fifty countries across every continent on earth.
- has been the world’s leading authority on Industrial Rope Access for more than 20 years.
- has an unparalleled safety record; IRATA’s “reportable incident” rate reduces year after year and is currently less than 4 per 100000 hours worked.
- techniques and training are standardized and are based on the cumulative experience gained from millions of man hours working on rope, across a wide variety of industries.
- mandates a systemic approach to safety requiring proper planning, procedures, methodology, supervision, equipment, training and hazard analysis.
- covers all aspects of work at height; safety, work procedures, access methods, fall protection and rescue planning.
- requires that training be conducted by level 3 IRATA technicians, who have had thousands of hours of practical experience working with the IRATA system in the field.
- requires that technicians be rigorously assessed for proficiency and competence by a completely independent assessor as a condition of certification.
- member companies are required, as a condition of membership, to adhere to the strict code of practice and safety requirements set out by IRATA.
- conducts independent audits of IRATA member companies to ensure that they are adhering to IRATA’s strict Code of Practice
Over the last several years there has been a massive shift in work at height techniques in Canada. From antiquated and very unsafe bosuns chair systems that only allow the user to rappel down to newer, industrially proven rope access systems. Industrial rope access systems allow workers to safely ascend, descend and laterally position themselves on rope in complex vertical areas. These rope access systems have proven superior to bosun’s chair over the last 30 years and have been used extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world. Canadian Rope Access Specialists has brought these techniques to Canada, spearheading this shift.