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WORKSHOP Lyon Equipment Limited - uk

03-01-2020 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Lyon Equipment Limited (training department), Unit 3-7 Tebay business park, Old Tebay, Cumbria, CA10 3SS on the 3rd January 2020 starting at 09:30am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact training@lyon.co.uk.

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WORKSHOP Industrial Access Solutions -  New Zealand

05-01-2020 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Industrial Access Solutions, 6/3 Northpoint St, Plimmerton, Porirua, New Zealand on the 5th January 2020 at 09:30 AM until 05:30 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact cameron@iasolutions.co.nz.​​

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RAC MEETING - UK 21/11/2019

21-11-2019 RAC

​The UK RAC is convening for a meeting on 21 November 2019 at Lyon Equipment Limited, Unit 3-7 Tebay Business Park, Old Tebay, Cumbria, CA10 3SS, from 10 am for a 10:30 start. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Muriel Le Henry by e-mail at muriel@irata.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Muriel by 14 November 2019.

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WORKSHOP Skyline Rope Access - UK

14-12-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Unit 10, Moy Road Industrial Estate, Taffs Well, Cardiff, South Wales, CF15 7QR, UK on the 14th December 2019 at 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact info@skylineropeaccess.ltd.uk.

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WORKSHOP Toasu - Japan

09-12-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Access Kakogawa Plaza Hotel, Kakogawa, Hyogo, Japan & moves to: TOASU, 1575 Mizuashi, Noguchi-cho, Kakogawa-shi, Hyogo, 675-0019, Japan on the 9th December 2019 at 09:00 AM until 04:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact peter.wood@high-q.jp.

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WORKSHOP STS Gruppen AS - Norway

02-12-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at STS Gruppen AS, Sandbrekketoppen 30, 5224 Nesttun, Bergen - Norway on the 2nd December 2019 at 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact ktf@stsgruppen.com.

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Technician Logbooks

08-12-2019

TRAINING LOGBOOK HOURS

As stated in TACS [TC-101] clause 4.13.7:

‘Hours accrued whilst being trained in rope access should be logged, but do not count towards the working hours required to upgrade.’

In order to ensure that there is no confusion between working hours and training hours, please ensure that the hours accrued while being trained in rope access are logged in the Training Section of the logbook.

LOST LOGBOOKS

It has been brought to our attention that some Technicians are arriving to training courses without their logbooks. Please be aware that as per TACS [TC-101] clause 4.3.4:

‘Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA International trainer member company at the start of the training course.’

As such, Technicians who lose their logbook should refer to TACS [TC-101] clause 4.13.11 which states:

‘If any rope access Technician loses their logbook, they should replace it immediately and, where possible, obtain references for the hours they have lost. Where lost hours are required to move up a level, e.g. Level 1 to Level 2, the candidate shall obtain credible references to verify the hours they have lost. Maintaining a scanned copy can guard against such problems.’

Please take precautions to ensure that you do not lose the logbook hours you have worked so hard to get!

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‘Stop the Drops’ Video, by Absafe

08-12-2019

During IRATA International’s ITEC 2019 in Sydney, Absafe’s Paul Holland gave a presentation titled “Stop the Drops” which captured the attention of attendees, many of whom were astonished by what they witnessed on screen.

The presentation featured a video demonstrating the impact of dropping items commonly used when working at height. The film captures the destruction that can be caused by dropping the following items form a height of 20 meters:

  • m30 Bolt;
  • Steel wedge;
  • Scaffold clamp;
  • Short scaffold tube;
  • Podger spanner; and
  • A crow bar.

The controlled demonstration was witnessed by workers and significantly improved their awareness of the force of impact when dropping items from height.

IRATA Member Absafe have kindly shared this noteworthy video with IRATA International for the benefit of not only IRATA Members and their Technicians, but for the entire work at height sector.

Please take a moment to view this video below:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: October

08-12-2019

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in October 2019:

  • National Oilwell Varco UK Ltd - Operator - Scotland
  • Canary Rope Access and Training S.L. - Operator and Trainer - Spain
  • Warrikal Pty Ltd - Operator - Australia
  • Prometric Offshore Services - Operator - Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • C2 Vertical Safety AB - Trainer - Sweden

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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WORKSHOP 5th Point - Australia

29-11-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at 5th Point, 21 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia, 2100. on the 29th November 2019 at 04:00 PM until 09:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact Leigh@5thpoint.com.au.​

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Assessor Recruitment

08-12-2019

Due to the growth of the IRATA system throughout the below named RAC regions, we are currently seeking L3 Technicians who would like to apply to become an IRATA Assessor.

This is a highly responsible role and if your application is successful, you will be required to undergo a defined series of suitability assessments.

Following the suitability assessments, the ASTACS Course will be held in Kuala Lumpur during the week 23rd to 29th March 2020 for which candidates will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be resident and have command of a local language from within their RAC region and be able to read and write English. It should be noted that successful applicants will be required to pass a Computer Based Assessment, which is written in English.

APPLICATION RAC REGIONS

  • South East Asia and Far East Asia RAC
  • Australasia RAC- Western Australia, Queensland and New Zealand.

Applicants will also require the following:

  • a current IRATA Level three qualification; held for a minimum of six years;
  • previous experience in rope access operations;
  • adequate training experience, partially gained during the last 24 months.

Should you meet the above requirements and wish to be considered for this role, please send your application, coupled with the documentation listed below, to: assessor.application@irata.org

  • a copy of your Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • a completed Form 002 (Application to become an Assessor);
  • scanned copies of the most recent two years of your Technician logbook;
  • scanned copies of your Instructor logbook, including details of any RAC meetings or Workshops attended;
  • a letter explaining why your application should be considered.

Note: Each email should be no larger than 8Mb in size.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2019.

Applications are invited from all qualifying applicants, regardless of whether they have previously attempted to gain IRATA Assessor status, without success.

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IRATA exhibiting at the A+A International Trade Fair 2019

08-12-2019

IRATA International will be exhibiting at the A+A International Trade Fair for safety, from the 5 – 8 November 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Held at two-year intervals, the 2017 A+A event reached record numbers, with 1,930 exhibitors from 63 countries reaching out to more than 67,000 visitors, thus reconfirming its position as a global leader among trade fairs and conventions on occupational health and safety.

More information on the event, and how to register can be found here: www.aplusa-online.com.

You will find IRATA in hall 7a on stand D01.

We look forward to seeing you there!

IRATA International

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WORKSHOP Martin Castle Ltd - UK

11-01-2020 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Martin Castle Ltd, Unit T4, Leyton Industrial Village, Argall Avenue, London, E10 7QP, UK on the 11th January 2020 at 09:00 AM until 02:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact martin@martincastleltd.com.

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IRATA International Awarded the ‘Professional Trade Association - Offshore, Oil & Gas award’

08-12-2019

On 13th September 2019 the IMC Golden Shield Excellence Awards 2019, were hosted in the Old Library of the world renowned Lloyd’s of London building. IRATA International were honoured to be awarded the ‘Professional Trade Association - Offshore, Oil & Gas Award’.

The award ceremony recognizes the remarkable and noteworthy contributions of the veterans to the insurance industry. The recipients of these awards were organisations who have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, and who have contributed towards the development of the insurance sector. The entire proceedings of the event were telecasted live.

International Maritime Club (IMC) is a non-profit organisation who have been serving the maritime community for the past 12 years. The club works for the conscious and continuous development of the vast maritime industry by acting as a platform where professionals from various sectors of the maritime industry come together under one roof to exchange knowledge and ideas on the maritime trade and industry.

IRATA International would like to thank the International Maritime Club (IMC) for recognising their professionalism and contribution to industry.

IRATA International

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RAC MEETING - NSO 12/11/2019

12-11-2019 RAC

​The North Sea Operators RAC is convening for a meeting on 12th of November at Survivex, Kirkhill Commercial Park, Dyce Avenue, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0LQ. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Ian Somers by e-mail at NSORAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Ian by 1st of November.

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WORKSHOP Skylotec - Germany

20-11-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Skylotec, Im Mühlengrund 6-8, 56566 Neuwied, Germany on the 20th November 2019 at 08:30 AM until 04:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact DACHRAC@iratainternational.org​​.

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WORKSHOP IATS Ltd - UK

07-12-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at IATS Ltd, 16 Walker Place, Inverness, IV11 TY, UK on the 7th December 2019 at 09:00 AM until 03:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact Andrew.Johnston@iats-ltd.com.​

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3M Stop Use and Recall Notice - Self-retracting Lifelines

08-12-2019

It has been brought to our attention that 3M have issued a stop use and recall notice regarding their DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines.

Whilst we acknowledge that these items of equipment are fall arrest products, rather than those usually associated with rope access, we also appreciate that many of our members work in a variety of work at height disciplines and we therefore wish to assist anyone involved in such industries by providing important and relevant safety information where necessary.

As such, following our policy regarding reporting issues with equipment, we would like to inform you that we have been in contact with 3M who have requested we disseminate the following link which provides all details regarding how to identify which products are affected by this notice, together with what actions should be taken in order to rectify any issues.

Therefore, please visit: www.nanolokedgerecall.com which provides the latest information regarding 3M’s notice.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: September

08-12-2019

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in September 2019:

  • Brock Canada Field Services Ltd - Operator - Canada
  • Brock Canada Industrial Ltd - Operator - Canada
  • Brock Canada Oilfield Services Ltd - Operator - Canada
  • Brock Canada West Ltd - Operator - Canada
  • CSP Distribution Pty Ltd - Associate - Australia
  • RTD Quality Services Inc - Operator - Canada

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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WORKSHOP Idtec Alpinismo Industrial - BRAZIL

20-11-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Idtec Alpinismo Industrial, Rua da Conceicao, 150 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil on the 20th November 2019 at 09:00 AM until 06:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact ildinei.sousa@idtectreinamentos.com.br.​

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WORKSHOP Access All Areas - UK

16-11-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Access All Areas, Unit 16, Jones GC Way, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0GA, UK on the 16th November 2019 at 09:00 AM until 02:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact paul@aaaropeaccess.co.uk.

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RAC MEETING - DACH 19/11/2019

19-11-2019 RAC

The D-A-CH RAC is convening for a meeting on 19 November 2019 at Skylotec GmbH, Im Mühlengrund 6-8, 56566, in Neuwied, Germany. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Timo Cronert by e-mail at DACHRAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Timo by 12 November.​

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Why the Rope Access Industry needs to be more selfish when buying insurance

08-12-2019

Having provided insurance solutions to the Rope Access industry for the last ten years, I understand the approach that many technicians have to managing the transfer of their workplace risks using an insurance policy. The phrases “just give me the cheapest”, “I only need it for a contract” and “I don’t need that, it’ll never happen to me” have never been so prevalent when speaking with self-employed rope access technicians, meaning the majority of these operators only ever have the most basic insurance coverage, generally for the benefit of third parties.

Fortunately, the best practices that are continuously developed by IRATA mean that most IRATA technicians are right in their thinking and the incidents do not happen to them. This low frequency of incidents has meant that we have been able to develop the broadest and most competitive insurance products in the market place specifically for Rope Access businesses. However, as the old adage goes, accidents do happen and the consequences of not having invested in sensible protections for themselves and their businesses can be dire.

Take the case of a technician who had been working in the atrium of an office building removing some Christmas decorations. Suspended at a relatively low level, a momentary lapse in judgement and failure to properly comply with the two rope system saw the operative fall twenty feet breaking, numerous bones. Fortunately the individual survived however, the injuries resulted in 6 months off work. Being self-employed with no other forms of income and no meaningful reserves meant that he was only able to avoid bankruptcy and the loss of his home through the help of loans from other family members.

The slightly ironic thing about this terrible incident is that the technician in question had paid £500 per annum for his liability insurance so as to protect himself from being sued should he have injured someone else or damaged another person’s property. He had not, however, considered how he and his family would survive if he was hurt!

Personal accident insurance provides the possibility to insure for both a capital sum following major trauma such as death, the loss of a limb or an eye as well as a weekly amount for injuries which prevent the technician working. Any monies paid out to the company or individual are tax free and the premiums start from as little as £150 per annum.

For more information on how we can help you better protect yourself and your business please contact Rope-Sure on 01256 355656 or email enquiries@rope-sure.co.uk.

Note on the author: Jonathan Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of Rope Sure. Jonathan has held senior positions in numerous insurance businesses over the last 20 years and has been at the forefront of the development of insurance products for the rope access industry since 2009.

Disclaimer:
Third party advertisements and links to other sites where goods or services are advised are not endorsements or recommendations by IRATA International of third party sites, goods or services. IRATA International takes no responsibility for the content of the ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered in all advertisements.

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WORKSHOP ASCENT - POLAND

20-10-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at ASCENT, ul. Firmowa 10, 45-590 Opole, Poland on the 20th October 2019 at 10:00 AM until 06:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. For further booking information, please contact info@totalascent.pl​

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RAC MEETING - Australasia 06/10/2019

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The Australasia RAC AGM will take place on Sunday 6 October from 12 noon until 6 pm at The Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street, in Sydney, Australia. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact John Lee by e-mail at AUSRAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to John by 30 September.

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RAC MEETING - MECASA 18/09/2019

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The MECASA RAC is convening for a meeting on 18 September, from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm at Studio One Hotel, Studio City in Dubai. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Darrell Coupland by e-mail at MECASARAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Darrell by 16 September.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: August

08-12-2019

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in August 2019:

  • APEX AIS (PTY) Ltd - Operator - South Africa
  • Avalpina Ltd - Operator - Latvia
  • Certags Pty Ltd - Associate - Australia
  • Fortress Engineering & Procurement Ghana Limited - Operator - Ghana
  • Midis Energy Services Limited - Operator - Nigeria
  • Pinnacle Height Safety - Operator and Trainer - Australia
  • Sichuan Rui Si An Safety Technology Service Co., Ltd - Operator and Trainer - China
  • Standard Testing and Inspection Services Ltd - Operator - Nigeria
  • Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Limited - Trainer - New Zealand
  • Windtex Engineering Limited - Operator - England

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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RAC MEETING - Benelux 04/09/2019

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The Benelux RAC is convening for a meeting on 4 September 2019, from 11 am, at Bluestream Offshore BV, Koperslagerweg 2, Den Helder, RA, 1786, in The Netherlands. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Rick van der Lelij by e-mail at BENRAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Rick by Friday 30 August.

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RAC MEETING - Brazil 06/09/2019

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The Brazil RAC is convening for a meeting on 6 September 2019 at ABAV, Rua Senador Dantas, 76 (2nd Floor), Sobreloja Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Felipe Maximo by e-mail at Felipe.Maximo@iratabrasil.org.br to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Felipe by 2 September 2019.

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RAC MEETING - Mediterranean 04/11/2019

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​The Mediterranean RAC is convening for a meeting on 4 November 2019 at Training Team Rescue, c/ Joan de Joanes 24, 08902 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, from 9am until 5pm. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Mikel Gómez by e-mail at MEDRAC-VC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Mikel by 4 November 2019.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: JULY

08-12-2019

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in July 2019:

  • Access Lifting Pulling & Safety Limited - Operator - England
  • Downer EDI Engineering Power Pty Ltd - Operator - Australia
  • Ferno Australia Pty Ltd - Associate - Australia
  • High Access Solutions Ltd - Operator - England
  • PSI System Sp. z.o.o. - Trainer - Poland
  • Rope Access Benelux BV - Operator and Trainer Netherlands
  • Rope and Rigging Service & Beijing Baishitu Trading Co. Ltd - Trainer - China

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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WORKSHOP Structure Group - Canada

14-09-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at 322 Kaska Road, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, T8A 4G7 on the 14th September 2019 at 8:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact - admin@structureind.com attn Jude.

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RAMRASS Update - July 2019

08-12-2019

The long awaited Rope Access Manager Rope Access Safety Supervisor (RAMRASS) course will be trialled in the North Sea Operators and Scandinavian regions. Final preparations are underway and the pilot is expected to commence September 2019.

RAMRASS applies only to the management and supervision of rope access activities. It is not intended to cover the management and supervision of other worksite activities, for example, structural steel erection; traffic management; confined space work. Nonetheless, those engaged in these and other worksite activities would probably benefit from following the scheme, as many of the same principles apply.

It should be noted that RAMRASS is voluntary, i.e. it is not an IRATA requirement to have these qualifications. It should also be noted that in some cases the qualifications may only be valid when held in conjunction with other valid IRATA qualifications, e.g. Level 3 rope access technician. Tuition for the scheme is not compulsory but is strongly recommended.

RAMRASS OUTLINE

There are two categories of candidate:

  1. persons wishing to become an IRATA-qualified rope access manager;
  2. persons wishing to become an IRATA-qualified rope access safety supervisor.

Candidates are examined on their knowledge of the ICOP, managerial or supervisory skills and appropriate health and safety knowledge. The examinations are based on the learning material made available to candidates. Examinations are undertaken at independent computer-based testing centres. Candidates are advised of their success or failure at the end of the examinations. Results are automatically sent to IRATA head office, where they are checked together with other previously submitted documentation for correctness and validity. Successful candidates are issued with a certificate showing the qualification achieved, i.e. IRATA-qualified rope access manager or IRATA-qualified rope access safety supervisor, as appropriate.

WORKBOOKS

There are four workbooks, which will be available to enrolled applicants of the scheme, once it commences:

  1. Workbook A: Managerial skills for rope access managers;
  2. Workbook B: Health and safety knowledge for rope access managers;
  3. Workbook C: Supervisory skills for rope access safety supervisors;
  4. Workbook D: Health and safety knowledge for rope access safety supervisors.

For the examination at assessment, questions will be drawn from these Workbooks. Some of the topics to be covered are mandatory.

IRATA QUALIFIED ROPE ACCESS MANAGER - ELIGIBILITY

Application to become an IRATA-qualified rope access manager may be from IRATA rope access technicians who have qualified as an IRATA Level 3 rope access technician.

NOTE: The Level 3 rope access technician qualification does not need to be in date at the time of application or thereafter.

After enrolment, applicants are required to have completed successfully, online, the workbooks on managerial skills (Workbook A) and on health and safety knowledge for rope access managers (Workbook B) prior to the second part of their application. In addition, all applicants are required to have a thorough knowledge of the most recent edition of the ICOP.

IRATA QUALIFIED ROPE ACCESS SAFETY SUPERVISOR - ELIGIBILITY

Applications to become an IRATA-qualified rope access safety supervisor may be from:

  1. IRATA Level 2 rope access technicians, after completing a verified period of workplace experience as a trainee rope access safety supervisor under this scheme, while working for an IRATA member company or IRATA member companies (full members only);
  2. IRATA Level 3 rope access technicians who qualified at this level less than 12 months before the date that this scheme came into effect or after it (referred to as post-scheme IRATA Level 3 rope access technicians) and after completing a verified period of workplace experience as a trainee rope access safety supervisor under this scheme, while working for an IRATA member company or IRATA member companies (full members only);
  3. IRATA Level 3 rope access technicians who qualified at this level at least 12 months before this scheme came into effect (referred to as pre-scheme IRATA Level 3 rope access technicians).

NOTE: Only an IRATA Level 3 rope access technician can become an IRATA-qualified rope access safety supervisor.

SUMMARY

The above is a broad outline of the scheme and full details will be provided to members and technicians once the testing phase is complete.

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IRATA Computer-based testing

08-12-2019

IRATA have partnered with the IT service provider who pioneered the computer-based testing industry for decades. The organisation deliver more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. They are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world’s most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 secure test centres in 180 countries. Their leadership in the assessment industry is a result of their collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies of which are now one.

IRATA will launch their suite of computer-based tests commencing with their ‘Assessor Continued Professional Development (CPD) Test’, ‘Instructor Exam’, and ‘Assessor Selection Training Assessment and Certification Scheme (ASTACS) Exam’ in September 2019. Eventually IRATA will deliver all exams through their computer-based assessment partner, and all stakeholders will be notified well in advanced of this step change.

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Complaint Judgement -  Fraudulent Logbook Alterations

08-12-2019

An IRATA L3 Technician [Respondent] breached an IRATA logbook signing policy by making alterations to previously verified entries recorded in their IRATA logbook.

Upon an annual review of the technician’s logbook conducted by an IRATA member company, it was found that the logbook submitted by the technician exhibited signs of alterations to multiple logbook entries, after they were verified by the logbook signatories. In addition to this, the logbook was found to be missing some pages.

The technician denied making alterations to his logbook claiming that the perpetrators were a group of armed robbers who he unfortunately fell victim to. The Respondent claimed that the armed robbers stole his IRATA ID card and logbook amongst other personal items. Further claiming that somehow the logbook alterations were made by the robbers or their associates.

Upon review of all the supporting information provided, the Complaints Panel made the following determination:

“The police report provided by the Respondent to support their claim of being attacked by armed men, who allegedly stole his bag, containing his IRATA logbook and ID card, was inconclusive insofar that the report did not mention the alleged robbery and was in fact a report that derived from an affidavit sworn by the Respondent at a local Court on 4th February 2019. The police report merely recorded the respondent’s own claims made in the statement dated 4th February. Furthermore, the Respondent claimed that his IRATA logbook and ID card were “lost” on 4th February 2019, however, the request for a replacement logbook was not forthcoming until 1st April 2019, almost two months after reporting the loss to the police. Moreover, this complaint was lodged 13th March 2019, 18 days prior to the request for a replacement logbook. It is noteworthy that, to date, IRATA are yet to receive a request from the Respondent for a replacement ID card and that it is a condition of the TACS that technicians are required to have a logbook at all times. Thus, in accordance with the TACS, the Respondent should have requested a replacement logbook immediately following its loss, thereby reporting the loss to IRATA. In this case, the Respondent only reported the loss of his logbook when asked to respond to IRATA’s enquiries regarding this complaint.

In view of the above and as the respondent is solely responsible for the entries recorded in his logbook, the panel have determined that a suspension of the Respondent’s IRATA certification for a period of six months shall serve as an appropriate sanction”.

IRATA COMMENTS

Contact IRATA prior to altering logbook entries once they have been verified.

IRATA technicians are strictly prohibited from making uncontrolled alterations to the previously verified logbook entries without prior consultation with IRATA Head Office. Any proven alteration of the IRATA logbook may result in the suspension or withdrawal of the logbook owner’s IRATA certification.

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Complaint Judgement - Fraudulent Impersonation

08-12-2019

It was alleged by an IRATA Level 3 technician [Complainant] that another IRATA Level 3 [Respondent] fraudulently impersonated him by signing technician logbooks entries using the name of the Complainant.

Upon inspection of the respondent’s IRATA certification record it transpired that the alleged fraudulent conduct took place during a period when the respondent was not holding valid IRATA certificate.

In response to the allegations, the respondent admitted carrying out the infringement of fraudulent conduct and undertaking rope access activities whilst expired.

The adjudicating panel made the following determination:

“The Panel note the respondent’s admission of carrying out the alleged infringement, however, it must be stressed that impersonation of another person’s identity constitutes a breach that bears serious implications. Additionally, the Panel also note that the breach occurred during a period of time when the respondent was not holding valid IRATA certification. Despite this, the respondent continued to undertake rope access activities, thereby further breaching IRATA policy.

In view of the severity of the aforementioned offences, the Panel determined that the respondent’s IRATA certificate shall be withdrawn for a period of three years, after which time re-certification at the current level will be subject to a successful completion of an IRATA training course and passing the assessment in accordance with the ‘Training Assessment and Certification Scheme’. The respondent is reminded that such repeat offence may result in permanent withdrawal of IRATA certification.”

In accordance with the sanction applied, the technician was required to return their IRATA certification, ID card and logbook to the IRATA Head Office without delay. Despite this, the technician failed to comply with the above requirement and did not submit the required documents to IRATA as instructed.

IRATA COMMENT

Never sign logbook entries on behalf of another technician, even if the signatory gives you their permission to do so. Apart from being dishonest, misuse of logbooks is considered a serious offence.

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IRATA International wins City of London’s Work at Height Innovation Award 2019

08-12-2019

IRATA International is proud to have been awarded the City of London Work at Height Innovation Award at the recent London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) 2019, held at the historic Guildhall, London. The award will become a feature of the annual London Work at Height Seminar; it aims to encourage innovation in the Work at Height sector, with specific regard to reducing risk and exposure to incidents. Provided that the criteria to be considered for the award is met, all organisations and individuals will be eligible to receive the accolade.

IRATA International was selected by Justin Tyas and Paul Roberts of the City of London Corporation, as the first winners of the prestigious award, in recognition of their exceptional efforts to regulate industrial rope access and promote best practice within the sector. Additionally, their work planning and organising the LWAHS contributed to their selection as the first winners of the award.

IRATA Chairman Jonathan Capper and IRATA Secretary/General Manager Rodney Marage, accepted the award on behalf of IRATA International, thanking the collective efforts of the IRATA committees, members, auditors, assessors, technicians and staff who work tirelessly to improve upon and grow industrial rope access across the globe.

Both Jonathan and Rodney expressed that they were pleased with the strides made by IRATA in recent years, but recognised that there remains much to be done to improve the industry further. Nonetheless, they were delighted by IRATA’s notable achievement in winning the award and extended their gratitude to Justin Tyas and Paul Roberts of the City of London Corporation for their continued support of London Work at Height Seminar.





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IRATA Safety Communications

08-12-2019

IRATA periodically issue safety publications which include ‘Safety Bulletins’, ‘Topic Sheets’, ‘Serious Incident Briefings’ and other occasional urgent safety communications, these are explained in more detail below:

Safety bulletins

Safety bulletins are prepared periodically based on the analysis of safety data and information submitted by IRATA members.

Topic sheets

These are aimed at raising awareness of hazards in the rope access industry and focus on trends identified through the IRATA Work And Safety Analysis (WASA) reports. They are written in a less formal way than the ICOP and TACS and this series may be useful for toolbox talks.

Serious incident briefings

These briefings provide feedback on ‘serious incidents’ (i.e. a fatality, major injury or a reportable incident) and may include both IRATA member and non-member incidents relevant to the rope access industry. These are only available to IRATA Members with access to the ‘IRATA Dashboard’.

IRATA member companies are required to disseminate rope access related safety information to their staff and worksites and keep records of these activities which will be sampled during the course of an IRATA audit. As such, Member companies should be able to provide evidence of dissemination of safety information to their staff and worksites and have records of its distribution and receipt and provide justification for any IRATA safety publications that it chooses not to disseminate.

IRATA safety communications are available at www.irata.org/publications.

IRATA International

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London Work at Height Seminar 2019

08-12-2019

Following another successful London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) we are pleased to announce that a compilation of highlights from the day’s events is now available to view on our website.

The Seminar, held for the fourth consecutive year at London’s prestigious Guildhall, once again provided an excellent platform for knowledge sharing between attendees and representative organisations from the Work at Height sector. Guest speakers, exhibitors and attendees from the UK, USA and Europe, representing local government authorities, international standard-setting boards, multinational facilities management companies and equipment manufacturers contributed to an excellent and informative event. A rope access rescue demonstration was on show in the historic ‘Courtyard’ of the Guildhall, attracting the attention of the general public, with one passer-by commenting “what thrilling entertainment during a lunch break”.

The LWAHS encourages open communication and collaboration between the different sectors across the working at height spectrum. The seminar is rare in that it is a collaborative effort between the City of London Corporation, IRATA International and the Access Industry Forum (AIF), which represents 11 of the leading Work at Height and Health and Safety organisations.

Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewliss, who presented the first report from the ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height’, was welcomed back to the LWAHS to give an update on progress. We were delighted to welcome Thomas Kramer (P.E., C.S.P – Principle, LJB Inc.) who delivered an insightful presentation about ‘Lessons Learned and Best Practices from the U.S.’. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), City of London Corporation and College of Policing, all shared their expertise in their respective fields and were present throughout the day for open discussion and to respond to attendees’ questions. We also welcomed Peter Bennet OBE, Chairman of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and Managing Director of PASMA, who provided an update on the AIF’s activities.

WORK AT HEIGHT INNOVATION AWARD

This year’s event saw the introduction of the ‘The City of London Work at Height Innovation Award’. The winner of the inaugural award was IRATA International, for their outstanding global efforts to regulate the Rope Access Industry and to promote best practice. Additionally, their work organising the LWAHS was recognised by Justin Tyas and Paul Roberts representing The City of London Corporation. IRATA International Chairman, Jonathan Capper and Secretary/General Manager Rodney Marage were present to receive the award and to thank the IRATA Team and volunteers for their exceptional efforts.

We are thrilled to confirm that the London Work at Height Seminar 2020 will return to the Guildhall, London in July 2020, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the City of London Corporation for their continued support of the event. We would also like to thank our guest speakers, exhibitors and all in attendance for contributing to the growth and success of the event.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated on event information for the 2020 London Work at Height Seminar. We look forward to seeing you there!

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WORKSHOP HIGH Q PTY LIMITED - Australia

27-10-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at HIGH Q PTY LIMITED, 4/180, Northgate Road, Northgate, Qld, 4013, Australia on the 27th October 2019 at 08:00 AM until 02:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact David Clark - david.clark@high-q.com.au

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IRATA 2019 Committee Elections

08-12-2019

IRATA International’s biennial committee elections will commence Friday 13th September and run until Monday 23rd September. Ballots will be conducted for the following committee positions:

Executive Committee: 15 member positions (including Chairs)
Equipment & Standards Committee: Chair and 8 member positions
Health & Safety Committee: Chair and 8 member positions
Training Committee: Chair and 8 member positions


IRATA Committees

Our members are entitled to attend committee meetings, but it is essential to have an elected core committee of willing volunteers to support the furtherance of our Association. Therefore, should you believe that you are able to contribute positively to this effect, we encourage you to put your name forward for consideration.

Eligible Candidates

Only Full IRATA Members’ representatives are eligible for election to the Executive Committee. Core members of our Equipment & Standards Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Training Committee are elected from candidates representing any Member company of IRATA.

Biography

Due to our geographical spread, it is advised that biographies contain concise detail that accurately represents each candidate and provides electors with a good insight into the qualities that the candidate can afford IRATA. For example, previous industry experience, academic qualifications, achievements and previous exposure to the inner workings of committees. Please limit your biography to no more than 200 words.

Kindly ensure that you include the following with your nomination:

  • Name
  • Company
  • Biography
  • Photograph

All candidate nominations, including self-nominations, must be registered by e-mail, by 23:59 BST Thursday 1st August 2019. Should you qualify and wish to apply, please write to elections@irata.org and we will send you further information.

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IRATA Training Department

08-12-2019

TACS update

Shortly we will be releasing the updated version of the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) which incorporates all training and administrative policy amendments to date. A notable inclusion in the latest revision of TACS, is the requirement for training candidates to be shown the ‘IRATA Edge Management Video’ during training.

TACS Full Review

In an effort to ensure IRATA training standards are of the highest quality, the IRATA International Training Department is currently undertaking a full review of the TACS syllabus. We have recently invited our Members to provide feedback regarding each aspect of the IRATA level 1 and 2 syllabus, and are currently in the process of designing a survey, which will invite feedback on our current level 3 training syllabus.

Training Department Expansion

It is recognised that, due to the dynamic nature and expanding application of the IRATA rope access system, we must continually review our training provisions. This will help to ensure that we are meeting the growing demands of industry.

In order to cope with the additional departmental workload, and to aid the soonest delivery of new training products, we are actively expanding our Training Department, under the management of the IRATA Training Manager Ben Eke.

Please contact training@irata.org in the event of any queries.

IRATA Training Department

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WORKSHOP HEIGHTWORKS NIGERIA LIMITED - Nigeria

02-09-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Heightworks Nigeria Limited, 4, Bishop Street, SARS Road, Rukpokwu, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria on the 2nd September 2019 at 8:00 AM till 4:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact - nathan.ugboro@heightworksglobal.com.

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RAC MEETING - UK 03/07/2019

03-07-2019 RAC

The UK RAC is convening for a meeting on 3 July 2019 at Access Techniques Ltd, Norfolk Barracks, 76-136 Edmund Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4EE, from 10 am for a 10:30 start. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Muriel Le Henry by e-mail at muriel@irata.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Muriel by 26 June 2019.​

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: JUNE

08-12-2019

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in June 2019:

  • Access Inspection & Coatings Ltd - Operator - England
  • Interface Testing Services Inc. - Operator - Canada
  • Ropes Access Limited - Operator - Scotland
  • Rotho Blaas Srl - Associate - Italy
  • Vertech NZ Ltd - Operator - New Zealand

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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IRATA International’s Dropped Objects poster now available

08-12-2019

In response to repeat concerning statistics presented in our annual Work and Safety Analysis (WASA) Report regarding dropped objects, IRATA International’s Equipment & Standards Committee has published a new poster ‘PREVENT DROPPED OBJECTS - SOMEONE’S LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT’ which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Additionally this poster is now available in the following languages:

More translations are due. If you wish for the poster to be translated into your local language, please contact your Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Chairman (details can be found here: https://irata.org/page/regional-advisory).

IRATA International

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RAC MEETING - UK 17/03/2020

17-03-2020 Meeting , RAC

​The UK RAC is convening for a meeting on 17th March 2020 at Angels Share Hotel, 9-11 Hope Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4EL, from 10 am for a 10:30 start. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Muriel Le Henry by e-mail at MURIEL@IRATA.ORG to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Muriel by 10th March 2019.

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WORKSHOP Altius Technical Services - South Africa

23-07-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Altius Technical Services, Unit 3 – Green Park, Platinum Crescent, Montague Gardens, 7441 – Cape Town, South Africa on the 23rd July 2019 at 08:00 AM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Izak Steyn - surita@altius-africa.com

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Auditor Recruitment - South America and Africa

08-12-2019

Company: IRATA International
Location: Various
Salary: TBC

IRATA is viewed as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access. We have over 528 global member companies, ranging from small family businesses to multi-national corporations. The international demand for industrial rope access services is increasing at pace and to support our regulatory systems, we are recruiting experienced auditors in order to expand our existing audit team. We are specifically seeking auditors who permanently reside in the following regions:

  • South America
  • Africa

Applications are invited from candidates residing in the above regions with the following skills and experience.

Qualifications & Experience

Essential:

  • Lead auditor qualification (in any field)
  • Current or expired IRATA Level 3 qualification
  • Experience in audit assignments from planning to completion
  • Ability to interpret technical documents and drawings
  • Experience in multiple rope access industry sectors (e.g. operations and training)
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Valid driving licence for country of residence
  • Must hold a valid passport (unrestricted, other than by statute)
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications

Desired:

  • Experience in auditing health and safety or quality management systems
  • Working independently of IRATA member companies
  • Multi-lingual (including English)

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to work to deadlines and meet targets
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Positive and professional outlook
  • Well presented
  • In good standing as an IRATA Level 3 (expired or current)

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

Apply audit principles and procedures:

  • national and international travel, as required;
  • plan and organise work effectively;
  • conduct the audit to the agreed timescales;
  • prioritise and focus on significant risks;
  • collate information through effective interviewing, listening and observation;
  • close out non-conformity submissions.

Records and data:

  • the use of sampling techniques for auditing;
  • verification of audit evidence;
  • effectively record audit evidence and activities;
  • document audit findings and prepare appropriate audit reports;
  • uphold confidentiality and security of information.

Organisational context:

  • have an appreciation of the scale, sector of operation, structure, business and management practices of typical IRATA member companies;
  • communicate effectively at all levels.

Applications

Please apply by sending your CV together with a handwritten covering letter and a copy of your lead auditor certification to recruitment@irata.org.

The deadline for submission of application is 28th June 2019.

Applicants who do not reside in the above regions and/or fail to provide valid lead auditor certification will not be considered. Please note that online training lead auditor qualifications will not be accepted.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will respond to successful applicants in writing by 12th July 2019. If you have not been contacted by this time, it should be assumed that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Nonetheless, we will respond to your application whether you are successful or otherwise.

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London Work at Height Seminar 2019 - Tickets Now Live

IRATA International are proud to be holding the 2019 London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) at the prestigious Guildhall, London, with the support of ‘The City of London Corporation’.

The LWAHS provides opportunity for the work at height industry to collaborate in the interest of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of our Work at Height methodologies and industry innovations. The event is largely aimed at Local Government Authorities, Procurement Professionals, Health and Safety Professionals, Building & Facilities Managers and all other professionals who have an interest in Working at Height within the City of London; and beyond.

PRESENTERS

  • Alison Thewliss MP, APPG for Working at Height
  • Toby Thorp and Michelle Yorke, City of London Corporation – Cartographical case studies and work at height supply chains
  • Thomas Kramer, LJB Inc. – Lessons learned and best practice from the US
  • Jo-Anne Michael, Health and Safety Executive - Perceptions, attitudes and behaviours
  • Dave Ellis, Lyon Equipment – Anchor standards
  • Anthony Owen, College of Policing – Protest at height
  • Peter Bennett OBE, Access Industry Forum
  • Marios Pitsialis, CBRE – Facilities management challenges
  • Paul Roddis, IPAF – Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
  • Steve Booker, The Ladder Association – Get a grip in using ladders

TICKETS LIVE NOW

You can purchase a ticket, by clicking the orange “Click and Register” button in the upper right portion of this page, or alternatively click HERE to be taken to the EventBrite ticketing page

We look forward to seeing you there!

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London Work at Height Seminar 2019 - Tickets Now Live

12-07-2019

IRATA International is proud to be holding the 2019 London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) at the prestigious Guildhall, London, with the support of ‘The City of London Corporation’.

The LWAHS provides opportunity for the work at height industry to collaborate in the interest of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of our Work at Height methodologies and industry innovations. The event is largely aimed at Local Government Authorities, Procurement Professionals, Health and Safety Professionals, Building & Facilities Managers and all other professionals who have an interest in Working at Height within the City of London; and beyond.

PRESENTERS

  • Alison Thewliss MP, APPG for Working at Height
  • Toby Thorp and Michelle Yorke, City of London Corporation – Cartographical case studies and work at height supply chains
  • Thomas Kramer, LJB Inc. – Lessons learned and best practice from the US
  • Jo-Anne Michael, Health and Safety Executive - Perceptions, attitudes and behaviours
  • Dave Ellis, Lyon Equipment – Anchor standards
  • Anthony Owen, College of Policing – Protest at height
  • Peter Bennett OBE, Access Industry Forum
  • Marios Pitsialis, CBRE – Facilities management challenges
  • Paul Roddis, IPAF – Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
  • Steve Booker, The Ladder Association – Get a grip in using ladders

TICKETS LIVE NOW

To purchase a ticket click HERE to be taken to the EventBrite ticketing page

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Workshop SGS ESPAÑOLA DE CONTROL, S.A. - Spain

08-06-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at SGS ESPAÑOLA DE CONTROL, S.A. C/BUCAREST, P.115. CP:30353. Cartagena, Murcia, Spain on the 8th June 2019 starting at 09:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Domingo Hernández Martínez-Fortún domingo.hernandezmartinez@sgs.com.

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WORKSHOP FORMACAN - France

08-06-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at FORMACAN – Quartier le Relut – 26270 MIRMANDE, France, on the 8th June 2019 at 08:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Linda CAILLET - lcaillet@formacan.fr

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Workshop X-Rope Access Services Co. Ltd - Taiwan

28-06-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at X-Rope Access Services Co. Ltd – No. 109 Lane 150 Gong 1st Road, Longtan District, Taoyuan District, Taiwan 32560, on the 28th June 2019 at 13:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Barri Marshall - SEAFERAC@iratainternational.org.

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WORKSHOP BMS Environmental Services Pte. Ltd. - Singapore

26-07-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at BMS Environmental Services Pte. Ltd. 34 Boon Leat Terrace, #03-03, Singapore 119866, Singapore on the 26th July 2019 at 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Richard Seah - richard.seah@bmsgroup.com.sg

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RAC MEETING - South East Asia & Far East 28/06/2019

28-06-2019 Meeting , RAC

​The South East Asia & Far East RAC is convening for a meeting on 28 June 2019 at at X-Rope Access Services Co. Ltd, No. 109 Lane 150 Gong 1st Road, Longtan District, Taoyuan City,Taiwan, 32560 from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Barri Marshall by e-mail at SEAFERAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Barri.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: MAY

08-12-2019

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in May 2019:

  • Aries Marine and Engineering Services Pvt Ltd - Operator - India
  • Aries Marine Co. WLL - Operator - Qatar
  • Heightsafe Systems Ltd - Operator - England
  • Himalayan Access - Operator and Trainer - India
  • OnSite Training Company Limited - Trainer - Myanmar
  • Principle Group Services Limited - Operator - England
  • Ropeak Inc. - Operator and Trainer - Taiwan
  • Sigma Specialized Inspection Co. LLC - Operator - United Arab Emirates
  • Texo Integrity+ Limited - Operator - Scotland

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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IRATA exhibiting and speaking at OHLEx 2019

08-12-2019

IRATA International will be exhibiting at the Overhead Power Line event and exhibition 2019 (OHLEx 2019) on the 12th June 2019 at Chester Racecourse, Chester, UK CH1 2LY.

This UK based Overhead Power Line expo, specialising in Operational & Safety issues is a FREE “must-attend” event for everyone who works in OHL Policy, Standards, including Project Engineers, Linesmen, Riggers, Procurement and OHL Transport Specialists. The event will appeal to those who strive to make Health and Safety whilst, Working at Heights their number one priority.

In addition to IRATA International exhibiting: Jonathan Capper (IRATA International’s Chairman) and Rodney Marage (Co. Secretary and General Manager of IRATA International) will be guest speakers.

More information on the event, and how to register for your free ticket can be found here: https://www.eatechnology.com/news/events/ohlex-2019/.

We look forward to seeing you there!
IRATA International.

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WORKSHOP Highland Oilfield Services - UK

01-06-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Highland Oilfield Services, River Drive, Teaninich Industrial Estate, River Drive, Alness, Scotland, IV17 0PG, on the 1st June 2019 starting at 9:30am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Annelie Graham: annelie.graham@highlandos.com or 01349 880120

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First IRATA Member in Gran Canaria

08-12-2019

We are delighted to announce our first certified member company in Gran Canaria, Hidramar S.L., recently joined our Association.

We contacted Hidramar S.L.’s Rope Access Technical Authority, Pedro Modesto García Pérez, to ask him about Hidramar S.L.’s experience of becoming an IRATA member company.

What were the main reasons for Hidramar S.L. to become an IRATA member?

The main reason for HIDRAMAR S.L to became an IRATA member was to offer our customers the best services in safety and quality. IRATA is a benchmark in the OIL & GAS industry and so we consider IRATA membership as an advantage for us against our competitors.

What are the main rope access industries in Gran Canaria?

The main Rope Access industry in Gran Canaria is building refurnishing. However, we are a shipyard company specialised in the OIL & GAS industry. Our main operations include rigs and drill ships.

How did Hidramar S.L. find the application process?

We found the application process similar to any other certification body we have obtained in the past, but the IRATA audit process conditioned us to work to the highest standards.

Has Hidramar S.L. seen any benefits since becoming an IRATA Member?

As an IRATA member we can assure that our employees are working under strict standards of safety and this in itself gives us peace of mind.

Which countries does Hidramar S.L. provide services in?

HIDRAMAR provide services all around the world.

How did Hidramar S.L. find out about IRATA and IRATA membership?

We find out about IRATA and IRATA membership because our customers required the certification to assure a successful and safety commitment from us.

We would like to thank Pedro Modesto García Pérez of Hidramar S.L. for providing feedback and an extended welcome to Hidramar S.L.

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First IRATA Member in Ghana

08-12-2019

We are delighted to announce our first certified member company in Ghana, Southey Contracting Limited, who recently joined our Association.

We contacted Southey Contracting Limited’s Divisional Operations Manager, Rainier Kruisinga, to ask him about Southey Contracting Limited’s experience of becoming an IRATA member company.

What were the main reasons for Southey Contracting Limited to become an IRATA member?

Considering our growth within the Rope Access industry it was only a matter of time that we got affiliated with IRATA, this in conjunction that it has become a requirement for Rope Access Contractors to be IRATA accredited.

What are the main rope access industries in Ghana?

Southey’s main focus for Southey in Ghana has been predominantly offshore where we have long term contracts with the likes of Modec, we do however fulfil requests for onshore Rope Access in the industrial and Mining sectors. However our main focus for Rope Access works remains in the Offshore industry.

How did Southey Contracting Limited find the application process?

Since we have been in the industry for a number of years it did not take us long as we had all our procedures and processes already in place, our Rope Access manager was able to complete the process swiftly.

Has Southey Contracting Limited seen any benefits since becoming an IRATA Member?

We have been able to secure Contracts with the assistance of our IRATA accreditation, it has also helped us in controlling our equipment and improve on our Procedures.

Which countries does Southey Contracting Limited provide services in?

Southey Contracting Limited operates in Ghana and in other areas such as Congo, Angola, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique.

How did Southey Contracting Limited find out about IRATA and IRATA membership?

This has come up due to industry experience and working with IRATA technicians for many years.

We would like to thank Rainier Kruisinga of Southey Contracting Limited for providing feedback and an extended welcome to Southey Contracting Limited.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: APRIL

08-12-2019

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in April 2019:

  • Advance Quality Solutions Pte Ltd - Operator - Singapore
  • Axess Offshore Pte Ltd - Operator - Singapore
  • Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services UK Ltd - Operator - England
  • Independent Ropes Ltd - Trainer - Scotland
  • Pattaya International Safety Training Center - Operator and Trainer - Thailand
  • Plant Inspection & Testing (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. - Operator and Trainer - China
  • Soul Rope Access - Trainer - Brazil
  • Specialist Height Access Pty Limited - Operator and Trainer - Australia
  • Universal Safety Systems Ltd - Associate - England

Wishing you all future success,

IRATA International

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WORKSHOP PRO ALTITUDE - BRAZIL

22-05-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Pro Altitude, Campinas, SP, Brazil, on the 22nd May 2019 starting at 10:00am local time and closing at 17:00pm. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Guilherme Settanni - toto@proaltitude.com.br

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Workshop INVERNESS ACCESS TRAINING AND SERVICES (IATS) LTD - UK

20-04-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at 16 Walker Place, Inverness, IV11TY on the 20th April 2019 starting at 9:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact: Lee.Fleming@iats-ltd.com

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WORKSHOP Height Specialists - Netherlands

16-05-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Height Specialists, Weg en land 48, 2661 KR, Bergschenhoek on the 16th May 2019 starting at 9:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Rick van der Lelij: rick@heightspecialists.com or 06-15896050​

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RAC MEETING - Eastern Europe 12/06/2019

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​The Eastern Europe RAC is convening for a meeting on 12 June 2019 at hotel Blue Orange Business Resort Prague (address: Tupolevova 676, Praha 9, 199 00) 9 AM. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Alex Kantor by e-mail at EERAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Alex by 4 June 2019.

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RAC Meeting - Scandinavia 02/05/2019

02-05-2019 Meeting , RAC

The Scandinavian RAC is convening for a meeting on 2 May 2019 at STS-Gruppen, Sandbrekketoppen 30, 5224 Nesttun (GPS Co-ordinates: 89F7+8G Bergen) Bergen, Norway from 9AM - 3PM (local time). Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Nigel Craig by e-mail at SCAN-RAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Nigel by 24 April 2019.

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WORKSHOP Inverness Access Training and Services (IATS) - UK

18-05-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Inverness Access Training and Services (IATS), 16 Walker Place, Inverness, IV11TY, UK on the 18th May 2019 starting at 8:30am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Ryan Cluckie rcluckie@live.com

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BS 7883 available for public consultation

08-12-2019

BS 7883 Personal fall protection equipment – Anchor systems – System design, installation and inspection – Code of practice

The long-awaited draft of BS 7883 is now available for public consultation.

The draft is a major revision of the 2005 edition and complements BS 8610, EN 795 and CEN/TS 16415.

Some of the changes include:

  • Introducing the role of the System Designer
  • Comprehensive details of contents of documentation including the System Design Specification; System Technical File; Examination Scheme for Inspection, and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Manual
  • Positioning and installation information for rope access, including deviations and edge management
  • Examples of design calculations
  • Examples of calculations for proof test loads and test methods
  • Loadings on the structure
  • Reverse engineering checks for hidden elements on previously installed anchor systems
  • Inspection of anchor devices and anchor systems to earlier versions of BS 7883

We recommend that all members involved with the design, installation and inspection of anchor devices and anchor systems should review the draft and provide any comments using the BSI commenting system.

The draft of BS 7883 can be found here (link opens in a new window) https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2016-01896

If you haven’t already done so, you will need to register to view and comment on the draft.

The deadline for comments is the 11th June 2019.

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Workshop Rope Access Technologies - Australia

11-05-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Rope Access Technologies, Unit 13, 65-69 Mark Street, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia on the 11th May 2019 at 08:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information please contact Ian Anger at ian.anger@ropeaccesstechnologies.com or 0407260158

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IRATA to Take Legal Action Against ‘Copycat’ Logos

08-12-2019

In an effort to combat non-IRATA Operator Member companies using the below ‘Trained to IRATA Standards’ logo, and other similar logos used to mislead the general public and their perspective clients, IRATA have enlisted the services of a specialist firm of solicitors in this field.

Initially, IRATA will send a cease and desist letter to any non-IRATA Member Company using their logo or similar logos, making false claims about having IRATA membership, or generally passing off as being IRATA members. If these initial approaches are ignored and the company in question continues to infringe on IRATA’s intellectual property rights, then IRATA will escalate the case to their solicitors, potentially resulting in formal legal procedures.

IRATA International views attempts to harm its reputation seriously and will exhaust every effort to stringently protect against this.

IRATA suggest that you request the company in question to provide you with their unique IRATA Membership number, and verify this online here (opens in new tab) where all certified IRATA members are listed.

IRATA certified member companies

It is important to note that IRATA technicians are certified in the technical and practical aspects of rope access and that this in itself does not suggest that, without the regulatory controls of an IRATA member company, they will operate within the strict policies and procedures that govern IRATA members.

The operational work of IRATA technicians, working for non-IRATA member companies, is NOT regulated by IRATA in any way.

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Logbook Signing

08-12-2019

Further to our ‘IRATA Logbook Signatures’ article (link opens on new page), IRATA rope access Technicians are reminded to follow an IRATA logbook (signing) policy at all times. The logbook signing requirements can be summarised as follows:

LOGBOOK OWNERS

Rope access Technicians are required to complete their logbooks with all the required information prior to presenting it for verification signatures. This means that all relevant fields are completed prior to presenting the logbook for signature.

As owners of the logbook, Technicians are responsible for the content and must ensure that all entries are correct. Logbook signatures should only be obtained from Level 3 technicians who were directly involved in supervision of the rope access activities undertaken or from other authorised signatories (e.g. IRATA member company, rope access project manager and/or director) who can provide verification with certainty.

LOGBOOK SIGNATORIES

Level 3 rope access Technicians and other relevant authorised signatories must ensure that, prior to signing a logbook, all required fields have been correctly completed and there is no information missing.

In the event that the logbook entries do not meet the above criteria, the logbook signatory is required to decline the verification of an entry until all logbook fields are duly completed.

Under no circumstances should incomplete and/or empty logbook entries be signed.

LOGBOOK ALTERATIONS

Once the logbook entries have been signed by an authorised signatory, logbook owners must not make any alterations to the signed entries. In cases where a signed logbook entry requires amendment, please contact IRATA for advice.

Misuse of Technician logbooks is considered a serious offence, and is harmful to the integrity of our industry.

If ever in doubt about who is authorised to sign your logbook, please contact IRATA at info@irata.org.

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First IRATA Member in Côte d’Ivoire

08-12-2019

We are delighted to announce our first certified member company in Côte d’Ivoire, Global Energy Ventures, who recently joined our Association.

We contacted Global Energy Ventures CEO, Ben Stanley, to ask him about Global Energy Ventures’ experience of becoming an IRATA member company.

What were the main reasons for Global Energy Ventures to become an IRATA member?

Global Energy Ventures have been working in Cote d’Ivoire since 2005 and greatly value independent industry accreditations as they act as a huge differentiator when bidding for competitive tenders. Achieving Operator status with IRATA is a significant milestone in the company’s development and along with having local Ivorian IRATA certified Rope Access inspectors, completes the value proposition for our clients. We deliver a fully accredited IRATA approved service, reassuring clients that they get the best services, delivered safely and locally in West Africa, using the best native talent at the most competitive rates.

How did Global Energy Ventures find the application process?

The application process ran efficiently and the milestones and objectives were clear. The onsite audit was very thorough which is reassuring for clients and applicants that no stone is left unturned.

Has Global Energy Ventures seen any benefits since becoming an IRATA Member?

Our clients have noted and appreciate that we have taken the effort to get IRATA accreditation as an Operator. Being the only IRATA accredited Operator in Cote d’Ivoire proves that we are committed to delivering services according to the highest standards in the industry.

Which countries does Global Energy Ventures provide services in?

The Global Energy Ventures Group also provides services to the oil and gas industry in Ghana and are planning to enter Mauritania and Senegal with these services later this year.

How did Global Energy Ventures find out about IRATA and IRATA membership?

IRATA is known all over the oil and gas industry and is the defacto standard defining safety which is vital in our industry.

We would like to thank Ben Stanley of Global Energy Ventures for providing feedback and an extended welcome to Global Energy Ventures.

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New Certified IRATA Member Companies: March

08-12-2019

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2019:

  • Brand Infrastructure Services B.V - Operator - The Netherlands
  • Height Works Nigeria Limited - Operator and Trainer - Nigeria
  • Total Health Safety Environment SLU - Trainer - Spain
  • Metalogic Inspection Services Inc. - Operator - Canada
  • Structure Group Ltd - Operator and Trainer - Canada
  • Team Industrial Services Asia Pte Ltd - Operator - Singapore
  • Belgique Travaux en Hauteur - Operator - Belgium
  • NiGSA Energy Services Limited - Operator - Nigeria
  • Velosi Certification Services LLC - Operator - United Arab Emirates

Wishing you all future success,

IRATA International

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WORKSHOP Singing Rock - Czech Republic

11-06-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Singing Rock, Poniklá 317, 514 01 Ponikláfrom Czech Republic on the 11th June 2019. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information please contact Pavlina.Poncova@singingrock.cz

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WORKSHOP Altitude Above All Training - Denmark

30-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Altitude Above All Training, Roersvej 33 B, 5000 Odense C, Denmark. on the 30th March 2019 starting at 08:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Jesper Valentiner - ejector2003@yahoo.dk or +4526520317.

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IRATA Passes 500 Members

08-12-2019

We are delighted to announce that we recently appointed our 500th certified member. Our members now span across 67 countries and 6 continents. The total number of certified members, at the time of writing is 514, with a further 63 companies awaiting their audit.

Rodney Marage, IRATA General Manager & Secretary, commented “the process of achieving IRATA accreditation can be demanding for some applicant companies, particularly those in countries where English is not the primary spoken language and I’m encouraged by the concerted effort applicants afford to achieving IRATA compliance. Quality assurance and control indeed cost, but evidence suggests that achieving IRATA certification is clearly an investment rather than an expense.

Although certified member growth is a dynamic objective, technician safety, best practice, education and improving member’s services is paramount in what we do each day.”

We would like to thank our Committees, Members, Auditors, Assessors, Instructors and Technicians for helping us achieve this

significant milestone.
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IRATA UK RAC MEETING 2019 - MARLOW ROPES

08-12-2019

Our most recent UK RAC meeting was held on 19 March in Hailsham, East Sussex. The event was kindly hosted by one of our local Associate members, Marlow Ropes.

Jon Mitchell, Marlow Ropes’ Managing Director, welcomed the attendees and gave a history of the company, which was founded in 1807 by Thomas Burfield, where to the present day, Marlow Ropes still manufactures on Burfield’s original site.

The event started with an update on the UK region developments, followed by IRATA presentations with informative committee updates by our UK RAC Chair, Paul Blud. Thereafter, the IRATA Quality Manager, Dr Sheila Kondaveeti, presented information on the updated IRATA membership requirements and the IRATA complaints’ process. This meeting was well received by an attentive and engaged audience, contributing to informative and useful discussions.

The meeting was followed by a pleasant lunch at the venue, which was kindly organised and provided by the host. After lunch, attendees were invited to visit Marlow Ropes’ factory where there were demonstrations of rope breakage and drop tests, which our members found extremely informative.

As the UK RAC Chair and on behalf of the region’s members, we would like to express our gratitude to both our hosting company and all attendees for making this event such a success.

Paul Blud
UK RAC Chair



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Incidents and Incident Reporting

08-12-2019

IRATA International’s annual Work and Safety Analysis (WASA) is essential reading for rope access managers, rope access safety supervisors, training companies and technicians. It provides some insight into accident causation for anyone working in rope access. WASA 2018 is available as a free download: https://irata.org/uploads/documents/Work_and_Safety_Analysis_2018.pdf. Areas where improvements in safety could be achieved are identified. Importantly, these are dominated by the need to prevent rope damage and severance.

Dropped objects

WASA 2018 notes that, “Dropped objects remain a concern …”. Of the 33 falling objects reported, 32 were dropped by technicians. The range of objects dropped varied from tool bags, buckets, a meter, camera, helmet, drill batteries, assorted tools (e.g. hammer, glass sucker, trolley) to various building materials, items of climbing equipment and a magnet. In many cases, securing lanyards or tethers failed or were inadequate for the purpose.

To assist members in their consideration of these issues, the Health and Safety Committee (HSC) has prepared:

Members are urged to review their management system for falling object and risk management procedure(s).

In addition to this guidance, the Equipment and Standards Committee (ESC) is preparing a ‘dropped objects poster’. It is hoped that this will be available shortly and be distributed and displayed in a similar manner to the edge management poster (https://irata.org/downloads/3103).

Under-reporting

A recommendation of WASA 2018 was, “It is recommended that the IRATA Executive encourage the membership to report not only injuries, but all incidents that could have led to injury or fatality i.e. ‘Dangerous Occurrences’ …”. Indeed, there has been a view - for a number of years - that the number of dangerous occurrences reported does not reflect what is actually happening on site. The topic is something that can be considered within member companies, as well as at RAC meetings and the ITEC.

To assist members and others in their consideration of these issues, the Health and Safety Committee (HSC) has prepared:

A near-miss (“An unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage – but had the potential to do so”) causes no immediate harm, but can precede events in which a loss or injury could occur.

Members are encouraged to implement a robust near-miss reporting system as an opportunity to prevent future incidents, rather than waiting for losses to occur before taking steps to prevent them from occurring. This requires worker consultation – and an understanding by all of why it is important.

Members are urged to review their management system for near-miss reporting. Encourage technicians to report and discuss near-misses and experiences that they have encountered or heard about. Utilise toolbox talks or task assessment briefings. Vary the topics and encourage participation from all those involved. In many cases, using these two topic sheets will be a good aide memoire in helping to prevent incidents.

Incident reporting

The new ‘Incident Reporting Form’ (Form 021) came into effect on 1.1.19. Members are reminded that they should not wait until the end of each quarter to submit details of their incidents.

Reports submitted are reviewed weekly by the Health, Safety and Technical Advisor. An anonymised collation is reviewed quarterly by the Health and Safety Committee (HSC), to determine whether there is a need to publish any further safety bulletin(s) and/or topic sheet(s). The statistics gathered are used in the annual IRATA International ‘Work and Safety Analysis’ (WASA) to highlight the industry’s safety record and opportunities for continual improvement.

All this can lead to a long ‘lag’ in making available the data to members, in order that they might benchmark their own performance. Accordingly, a ‘real-time’ incident reporting dashboard is in development. There will be more news on this in due course!

IRATA International

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WORKSHOP Owlaq Eğitim Danışmanlık A.Ş. - Turkey

25-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Owlaq Eğitim Danışmanlık A.Ş., Malıköy Başkent OSB Mah. 20. Cad. G Apt. No:13/4, 06909 Sincan, Ankara, Türkiye on the 25th March 2019 starting at 09:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact info@owlaq.com.

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WORKSHOP Applus pty ltd - Australia

24-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Applus pty ltd - 94 Discovery Drive, Bibra Lake, Perth WA, 6164 on the 24th March 2019 starting at 8:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact chris.davies@applus.com

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WORKSHOP Access Techniques Ltd - UK - ATTENDANCE FULL

23-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Access Techniques Ltd, 76-136 Edmund Road, Sheffield, UK, S2 4EE, UK on the 23rd March 2019 at 10:30. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact info@access-techniques.com or 0114 2737398 - The attendance for this meeting is now full.

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Workshop Belay Rope Access - UK

23-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Belay Rope Access, East Quay, Newhaven Port, BN9 0BN, on the 23rd March 2019 at 09:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact admin@belayropeaccess.co.uk

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WORKSHOP Australian Industrial Rope Access - Australia

23-03-2019 Workshop

an IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Australian Industrial Rope Access,Unit 9, 2-6 Waltham Street, Artarmon Sydney 2064, Australia on the 23rd March 2019 starting at 09:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Lauren Pope - lauren@aira.net.au or 0280609154

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Celebrating Our First Trainer Member Company in Latvia

08-12-2019

We are delighted to announce our first member company in Latvia, IQTC Management, who recently joined our Association.

The addition of IQTC Management will bring our member companies in the Eastern European RAC region to a total of 33 and will help to improve and promote safety awareness in industrial rope access throughout Eastern Europe.

We contacted IQTC Management Director, Irina Bausova, to ask her about IQTC’s experience of becoming an IRATA trainer member company.

Q. What were the main reasons for IQTC Management to become an IRATA member?

A. From the very start of establishing the company, one of the main objectives for IQTC Management was to become an IRATA member and to be able to provide industrial rope access training. The driving factor was to increase the general awareness about safe rope access work in Latvia. We care about our technicians’ safety and we stand for creation of a safe working environment and high safety standards. Moreover, we wanted to unite all possible courses from A-Z in the field of renewable energy, so that potential technicians, or technicians who have been working in the industry of renewable energy for many years, have access to all the necessary courses in one location.

Q. What are the main rope access industries in Latvia?

A. Rope access methods are currently used in Latvia predominantly to perform the following tasks:

  • Window and facades cleaning;
  • general roof cleaning, painting, maintenance and repair;
  • snow and ice clearance on of a variety of private and commercial properties, including industrial buildings, bunkers and hangars;
  • Changing drains, repairing tanks, changing roof coverings and cleaning docking systems from debris;
  • Installing advertising posters, banks and frames;
  • Tree surgery;
  • Installing ventilation and conditioning equipment.

Q. How did IQTC Management find the application process?

A. Integrating IRATA training into the range of programmes at our training centre was a lengthy process. However, we managed to build an impressive facility for practical classes, and conducted several internal audits before we believed we were ready to start the application process. Thanks to the IRATA team, who have patiently waited and helped us by answering all our questions, we have managed to go through the application and audit process successfully. Now, looking back, we must admit that the most time-consuming activity was the translation of all the necessary documentation.

Q. Has IQTC Management seen any benefits since becoming an IRATA Member?

A. It is still too early to tell what long-term benefits the training centre will gain, but so far it is worthwhile to mention, that the interest from industrial companies has increased significantly. Also, IQTC is becoming increasingly popular amongst the local technicians.

We would like to thank Irina Bausova, Aivis Sturis and Ilga Nikolajeva of IQTC for their feedback and extended welcome to IQTC Management, Latvia

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RAC Meeting - UK 19/03/2019

19-03-2019 RAC

The UK RAC is convening for a meeting on 19 March 2019 at Marlow Ropes, Ropemaker Park, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3GU, from 10 am for a 10:30 start. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Muriel Le Henry by e-mail at muriel@irata.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Muriel by 12 March 2019.

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WORKSHOP SWAT SP. Z O. O. - Poland

17-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at SWAT Training Center, Elektronowa 5 Łódź/Poland on the 17th March 2019 starting at 9:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please click here: http://swat.info.pl/szkolenie/ai-workshop-2018/ (opens in new window)

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WORKSHOP TRAKS PRO - Dubai

14-04-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at TRAKS PRO, Dubai on the 14th April 2019 starting at 9:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact training@traks-me.com.

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First IRATA Instructor in the Azerbaijan/Caspian Region

08-12-2019

Anar Goyushov became the first qualified IRATA instructor in the Azerbaijan/Caspian Region.​

Since getting involved in Rope Access in 2007, Anar has personally benefitted from the IRATA system and has embraced its safety culture. He has worked extremely hard to achieve level 3 status and is keen to pass on his knowledge to others in his community.

Anar was put in charge of the design and construction of his employer’s training venue. Having been shadowed as a trainee by an experienced IRATA Instructor, after qualifying as an Instructor, it was an easy decision to allow Anar to train without supervision.

IRATA International would like to congratulate Anar on his achievement, and wish him every success with his future career working as an IRATA Instructor.



Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height and MP for Glasgow Central

Anar Goyushov is the first qualified IRATA instructor in the Azerbaijan/Caspian Region.

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WORKSHOP ASCENT - POLAND

30-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Ascent, ul.Krzemieniecka 58/3, 45-401 Opole Poland on the 30th March 2019. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact mariusz@totalascent.pl

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WORKSHOP SURVIVEX - UK

09-04-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Survivex, Kirkhall Commercial Park, Dyce Avenue, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0LQ, United Kingdom on the 9th April 2019 at 12:45PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information please contact +44 (0)1224 725 800

Please email additional agenda items to ian.somers@iratainternational.org before April 1st for inclusion.

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Rope Sure

08-12-2019

​IRATA Associate Member, Rope Sure has recently renewed their exclusive arrangement with an ‘A rated’ Lloyds syndicate, to provide insurance solutions to IRATA members. Rope Sure are one of the few, established providers of this specialist cover.

Rope Sure is able to offer short period policies to tie in with project work that is regularly undertaken by rope access technicians. Offering an extremely wide policy wording, ‘Rope Sure 5’ automatically provides cover for technicians working anywhere in the world (excl. USA and Canada) and can be extended to include cover for:

  • Onshore and Offshore work;
  • Work using heat;
  • Work at hazardous locations including railways, airports, docks and bridges.

Visit https://rope-sure.co.uk/get-a-quote/ (will open in a new window) to obtain an online quote, or contact their specialist team on 08448 047064.

Disclaimer: Third party advertisements and links to other sites where goods or services are advised are not endorsements or recommendations by IRATA International of third party sites, goods or services. IRATA International takes no responsibility for the content of the ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered in all advertisements.

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RAC MEETING - Benelux 01/05/2019

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The Benelux RAC is convening for a meeting on 1 May 2019 at 3D Rope Access B.V, Boelewerf 1/ D-E, Ridderkerk, VD, 2987, The Netherlands from 10 AM. Regional members are encouraged to attend and are requested to contact Rick van der Lelij by e-mail at BENRAC@iratainternational.org to register their attendance. Should you have any requests for agenda items, please forward them to Rick by 23 April 2019.

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Landmark Parliamentary Report Calls for Enhanced Reporting to Improve Work at Height Culture

08-12-2019

The IRATA Chairman, Jonathan Capper, and IRATA General Manager, Rodney Marage, attended the Houses of Parliament for the unveiling of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Working at Height (APPG) report, Staying Alive: ‘Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height’. The event, was attended by many of the major working at height organisations and a host of MPs passed by to offer their support for this worthy cause.

The report is the result of a 12 month inquiry by the APPG exploring why the 18% of people who die at work do so as a result of a fall from height and what steps can be taken by government and industry to prevent incidents for the 10 million people in the UK that work at height.

The report makes 4 primary recommendations to reduce the overall number of falls:

  • The introduction of an enhanced reporting system through RIDDOR.
  • The appointment of an independent body that allows confidential, enhanced and digital reporting of all near misses, to be shared with government and industry to inform health and safety policy
  • The extension of the Working Well Together - Working Well at Height safety campaigns.
  • An equivalent system to Scotland’s Fatal Accident Inquiry process extended to the rest of the UK.

Commenting Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height and MP for Glasgow Central said “Every fall from height can have life-altering consequences for workers and their families. There is an urgent need to improve work at height culture, yet this issue is sadly not at the top of decision-makers’ agenda. A lack of empirical data prevents us from understanding the root causes of falls from height. This is compounded by a cultural obstacle when it comes to supporting people to report unsafe practices.

We have made comprehensive recommendations to government, but the APPG’s work does not stop here. Our report must be the first step in a wider process of systematic and cultural change. It is now time for policy-makers to act.”

The APPG is now calling for a further period of consultation and a major review of work at height culture, including how to engage with difficult to reach sectors, the suitability of financial penalties, and the role of digital technologies in improving the safety environment.

Read the full report here (opens in new window): https://workingatheight.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Staying-Alive-APPG-REPORT.pdf

Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height and MP for Glasgow Central

Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height and MP for Glasgow Central

Jonathan Capper, IRATA Chairman
Jonathan Capper, IRATA Chairman

odney Marage, IRATA General Manager & Company Secretary & Michelle Yorke (center) of the City of London Corporation
Rodney Marage (left) IRATA General Manager & Company Secretary, and Michelle Yorke (center) of the City of London Corporation

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WORKSHOP Alpinist Safety Consultants - South Africa

26-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Alpinist Safety Consultants ,Unit 13 Savannah Park, 2 Sneezewood lane, Glen Anil, 4051, South Africa on the 26th March 2019 at 9 AM to 2 PM. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact admin@alpinist.co.za

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WORKSHOP KOOH VEISI - IRAN

06-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Kooh Veisi, , Damavand Camp 1 Polour Hut, Lar Dam Road, Polour, Haraz Road on the 6th March 2019 at 14:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Kaveh@koohveisi.com / +98 912 347 8735

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WORKSHOP Oilfield Testing Services - UK

23-02-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Oilfield Testing Services, Viking Road, Gapton Hall Industrial Estate, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0NU on the 23rd February 2019 starting at 10:00am local time. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact Jo Austen - jo@eyepro.tv.

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WORKSHOP Rigging International Group - USA

23-02-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Rigging International Group 4240 N Lamb Blvd, STE 115, Las Vegas, NV, 89115 USA on the 23rd February 2019 at 09:00 AM The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact info@rigintlgrp.com.

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Workshop Rigging International Group - USA

23-02-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Rigging International Group, 4240 N Lamb Blvd, Suite 115, Las Vegas NV 89115, on the 23rd February 2019 at 09:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact info@rigintlgrp.com

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WORKSHOP GRAVITEQ - AUSTRALIA

03-03-2019 Workshop

An IRATA Assessor & Instructor Workshop will be held at Graviteq, 1 Nestor Drive, Meadowbrook, QLD, 4131, Australia on the 3rd March 2019 at 08:00. The IRATA compulsory workshop agenda will be followed. ​For further booking information, please contact REvans@graviteq.com.au