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IRATA REACHES LANDMARK 100,000+ ACTIVE IRATA TECHNICIANS en

Over three decades after IRATA International’s formation in the late 1980s, we are proud to share that we have surpassed 100,000 active certified IRATA Technicians. This is a huge milestone for IRATA in our ongoing mission to promote and maintain safety in the rope access industry. It demonstrates that the global attitude towards safety and the value of highly skilled, professional workers continues to grow as our industry thrives.

IRATA Executive Chair Jonathan Capper commented on this news: “Despite a period of uncertainty caused by a global pandemic, rope access has continued to prosper. We recognise that this landmark is a collective achievement, demonstrating the strength of collaboration in our community.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank IRATA’s Members, Technicians, and supporters for their continued dedication to upholding safety at the highest level.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: March en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2024:

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No Falls Week – 13th to 17th May 2024 en

The No Falls Foundation, a charity dedicated to the work at height sector, launches its first No Falls Week campaign from 13th to 17th May, 2024. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe working at height and prevent falls in all industries.

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UK CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (CSCS) CARDS en

With the forthcoming changes to the CSCS Card scheme, please see the following information below to assist IRATA Technicians with their applications.

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Request for inspection - MSA Latchways Guided Type Fall Arrester en

MSA has released a notice requesting the inspection of their ‘MSA Latchways Guided Type Fall Arrester’ product.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: February en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in February 2024:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: January en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in January 2024:

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INCIDENT REPORT UPDATE en

IRATA is pleased to announce the release of its newly updated Incident Reporting Form [FM-021ENG] and associated guidance document, implemented to refine the reporting process and make it easier for members to report incidents.

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TRAINING & ASSESSMENT TECHNICAL OFFICER en

IRATA International’s head office are seeking to appoint a Training and Assessment Technical Officer based at our offices in Kent, UK.

For further information on this role please click on the following link - Rope Access Jobs | IRATA International

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Petzl Request for inspection - Petzl GRILLON products en

PETZL have released a notice requesting the inspection of GRILLON products.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: December en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in December 2023:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: November en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in November 2023:

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ISC request for inspection - UltraLink LK100A1.2 & LK101A1.2 button assembly en

ISC have released a notice requesting the inspection of UltraLink LK100A1.2 & LK101A1.2.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: October en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in October 2023:

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Petzl Request for inspection - Petzl ASTRO and CANYON GUIDE harnesses en

PETZL have released a notice requesting the inspection of ASTRO and CANYON GUIDE harnesses.

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IRATA International Announces Newly Elected Chair and Vice Chair en

IRATA International is thrilled to unveil the results of its recent Chair and Vice Chair election as follows:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: September en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in September 2023.

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London Work at Height Seminar 2023 en

We would like to thank all those who attended the London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) on its return to the London Guildhall. With guests travelling from as far as the UAE, India and Brazil, the fifth LWAHS was a great success providing an opportunity for industry counterparts to come together to further their professional knowledge and safety awareness of the wider work at height industry.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: August en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in August 2023.

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NEWLY APPOINTED MECASA RAC CHAIR – DARREN WILLIAMS en

Darren Williams has recently been elected as the new MECASA

RAC Chair. Darren, the previous Committee Vice-Chair, takes over from James
Falchetto, who has led the committee for the past 2 years.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: July en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in July 2023

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Health and Safety Statement en

Whilst IRATA International has continued to grow in Member and Technician numbers year on year, the recent tragic event in Australia has highlighted that even with that growth, we continue to be a close-knit community who show support and concern for each other.

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AUSTRALASIA RAC CHAIR MEETS WITH ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND en

Australasia RAC Chair, Troy Beaumont, met with Antarctica New Zealand’s operations and engineering team to discuss IRATA’s safety management system and the current work-at-height requirements for safe operations in Antarctica.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: June en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in June 2023

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Reported Level 3 Technician Fatality - 02/06/2023 en

Regrettably, IRATA has received information of an incident which has resulted in the death of a rope access technician during their normal working operations. This incident was reported by a member of the Australasia RAC on the 2nd of June 2023 and an investigation by authorities is underway. We will make information available when investigations have been completed.

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CITY OF LONDON WORK AT HEIGHT INNOVATION AWARD – ENTRIES OPEN en

Applications are now open for the City of London’s Work at Height Innovation Award, which recognises and celebrates those professionals, and their products or services, that have pushed the limits of innovation to promote safer working practices within the work at height industry.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: May en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in May 2023:

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SAVE THE DATE – ITEC LONDON 2023 en

IRATA is delighted to announce that the 2023 IRATA Technical Event and Conference (ITEC) will return to the UK from Wednesday, 22nd November to Friday, 24th November 2023, hosted at the prestigious Guildhall in the City of London.

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IRATA MEETS WITH JAPAN’S ENAA en

IRATA Executive Committee Vice-Chair, Peter Wood, was invited to present

at the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan’s (ENAA) recent
meeting alongside Kariya-San from IRATA member company GRAB LLC. The
ENNA is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support technological
advancement and resource development within the region and is comprised
of almost 270 member companies across various industries and government
sectors.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: April en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in April 2023:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: March en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2023:

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IRATA MEDRAC Meets with the French Labour Authority en

IRATA’s Mediterranean Regional Advisory Committee (MEDRAC) Chair and Vice-Chair, Sébastien Gilleron and Yvan Clavelier, met with the Direction Générale du Travail in Paris on 10th January 2023 to discuss rope access in France and to promote IRATA’s safe working practices.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: February en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in February 2023:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: January en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in January 2023:

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IRATA INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED WiTH UKAS ACCREDITATION TO ISO/IEC 17024 en

We are delighted to announce that IRATA has been granted accreditation to ISO/IEC 17024 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: December en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in December 2022:

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THE ACCESS INDUSTRY FORUM CAMPAIGNS TO SAVE THE UK WORK AT HEIGHT REGULATIONS en

IRATA International is backing the Access Industry Forum (AIF) in its campaign to save the UK’s Work at Height Regulations from repeal.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: November en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in November 2022:

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Paul Seddon OBE en

We are saddened to inform you that on 3rd November 2022, Paul Seddon OBE passed peacefully, aged 82.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: October en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in October 2022:​

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New IRATA member company in Saudi Arabia en

We are delighted to announce a new member company in Saudi Arabia, Winclex Rope Access Solutions, who recently joined our Association.

We contacted Winclex’s Business Development Manager, Hany Karamany, to ask about the experience of becoming an IRATA trainer member company.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: September en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in September 2022:​

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: August en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in August 2022:

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First IRATA member in Argentina en

We are delighted to announce and welcome our first member company in Argentina, American Rope Access S.R.L.. The addition of American Rope Access S.R.L. will bring our member companies in the North and South America to a total of 49 and will help to improve and promote safety awareness in industrial rope access throughout the Western World.
We contacted American Rope Access S.R.L. Director, Marcelo Guedella, to ask him about the experience of becoming an IRATA trainer member company.

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Sub-Sahara Regional Advisory Committee en

Earlier this year, our North Sea Operators RAC Chair travelled to Africa to host a preliminary meeting to initiate the formation of a new IRATA Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) which will be known as the Sub-Sahara Africa RAC.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: July en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in July 2022:

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LWAHS 2023 announcement en

​Our previous events were put on hold in response to government guidelines to keep everyone safe from the pandemic, but we are now delighted to announce that our London Work at Height Seminar will be back in 2023. The seminar will be held at the prestigious London Guildhall with a brand-new programme, speakers, exhibitors, and technical demonstrations.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: June en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in June 2022:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: May en

​​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in May 2022:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: April en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in April 2022:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: March en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2022:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: February en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in February 2022:

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Rodney Marage 1969 - 2022 en

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Rodney Marage, our General Manager and Company Secretary, passed away on the 2nd February 2022 following a battle with cancer. This announcement has been delayed until now to allow Rodney’s family time to share this tragic news.

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LOST TECHNICIAN LOGBOOKS en

As stated in TACS [TC-101ENG] clause 4.3.4:

Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA Training member company prior to the start of the training course. Where rope access Technicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before training commences.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: January en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in January 2022:

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IRATA Certification Update en

IRATA International have updated their signatory shown on IRATA Certification. All new IRATA certificates will be issued with the new signatory, Dr S Kondaveeti (Head of Quality, Audit and Certification) with effect from 24/01/2022. Please see the examples below:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: December en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in December 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: November en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in November 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: October en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in October 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: September en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in September 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: August en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in August 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: July en

IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in July 2021:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: June en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in June 2021:

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IRATA Logbooks Going Digital! en

Following a survey of certified IRATA member companies based in 65 countries, the decision was made to transfer IRATA’s paper-based logbook into the digital domain. 73% of the 423 global member companies who responded to the survey want only Certified IRATA Level 3 Technicians and IRATA member company representatives to verify logbook working hours. Level 3 (L3) IRATA technicians will be able to verify work hours regardless of whether they work for an IRATA member company or not.

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Complaint Judgement - Misuse of Intellectual Property en

Two IRATA member companies and their IRATA committee representative (Main Respondent but together referred to as Respondents) misused IRATA intellectual property for their own financial gain thereby breaching trust, confidentiality, relevant codes of conduct and IRATA policy. The Respondents used current exam questions, identical to those used and created by IRATA, in their own website mock-exam software which was accessible on their website for a fee.

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IRATA Assessment App en

Following multiple revisions and testing by a select group of Assessors, IRATA’s long awaited Assessment App is being tested in the field. The App which is expected to be in full use by late 2021 will significantly speed up candidate assessments and verification. The current paper-based system, which has been with us for close to 30 years has served IRATA well but is in need of an update to improve security and accuracy. IRATA’s real-time “Technician Verification” tool, introduced in 2015, has proved successful in reducing certification fraud, but the new digital system will strengthen the integrity of certification. An IRATA training member commented: “I can’t believe IRATA are asking me to do less administration processing. I’m delighted!”. IRATA are delighted too!

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Complaint Judgement – Acting Beyond the Scope of IRATA Membership en

An IRATA Trainer member company was conducting rope access operations whilst not holding IRATA Operator membership. The Respondent admitted their wrongdoing, claiming: “the rope access work in question was undertaken as a one-off favor for a local community organization”. The Respondent confirmed that they would immediately cease operational work until they successfully obtained IRATA Operator membership. The Adjudicating Panel determined as follows:

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New certified IRATA Member companies: May en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in May 2021:

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Important Changes to the Irata Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) en

It was necessary for IRATA International to amend and add additional clauses in their Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS). These changes relate to unsuccessful candidate assessments and the required timeframe for candidate training, assessment and reassessment. Full details are below. Also, at the bottom of this article are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the changes made to IRATA’s TACS.

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Update - The Journey Toward Accreditation en

ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons (ISO 17024) is the International Standard relating to the conformity assessment for bodies operating certification of persons. Certification bodies that are accredited to this standard have demonstrated an impartial and rigorous quality approach and their clients can have confidence in the personnel certified through such schemes.

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IRATA’s New Membership Requirements en

IRATA International’s new Membership Requirements’ will come into effect from 1st July 2021.

This means that, on the 30th June 2021, the use of their ‘Membership Audit Checklist [FM-039ENG]’ will become obsolete for member audit purposes and will be replaced by their ‘Stage 1 Audit Form [FM-333ENG]’. From the 1st July 2021, IRATA Members will be audited against the revised standard - the ‘IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG]’.

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Dropped Objects Can Hurt, Damage, Maim, and Kill! en

As an association we are still recording an unacceptably high number of dropped object incidents. These are objects being dropped onto, or close to, operatives working below and are quite often dislodged by technician’s ropes whilst manoeuvring.

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Rope-Sure insurance facility is now live! en

IRATA Associate member, Rope-Sure, the insurance brand established to provide specialist policies to IRATA trained technicians and organisations that are members of IRATA International, has released an updated product along with an online quote and buy facility to support its customers.

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New certified IRATA Member companies: April en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in April 2021:

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UKCA Equipment Marking en

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January 2020 has created significant changes to the marking of products offered for sale within the UK.

Whilst a transition period was in place until 31 December 2020, as of 1 January 2021 the new system took effect. With regard to product marking, this change means that the old European ‘CE’ marking system shall no longer be valid and is to be replaced with a new ‘UKCA’ mark.

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New certified IRATA Member companies: March en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2021:

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ITEC 2021 & LWAHS en

Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted IRATA International’s well-regarded and much-anticipated annual events, resulting in the cancellation of the ‘IRATA Technical Event and Conference’ (ITEC) and ‘London Work At Height Seminar’ (LWAHS), held at the prestigious London Guildhall in conjunction with the City of London Corporation. Contrasting this with the adverse impact to people and companies globally, IRATA Secretary Rodney Marage commented: “compared to how millions have suffered at the hands of COVID-19, it’s an insignificance for IRATA at worst. We’ll be back!”.

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New certified IRATA Member companies: February en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in February 2021:

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New certified IRATA Member companies: January en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in January 2021:

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Unofficial rope access training websites en

We are receiving many enquiries about the validity of unofficial websites and Uniform Resource Locators (URL) that are offering rope access training or pointing to websites that offer unofficial rope access training. In many cases, this is resulting in training candidates being misled into paying large sums of money for training that is not recognised by IRATA, FISAT, SOFT and ANETVA.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: November en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in November 2020:

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: October en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in October 2020…

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Cessation of Accelerated Entry and the ARAA Conversion Schemes en

IRATA recognises qualifications obtained from alternative rope access certification schemes where comparative analysis of the syllabus requirements demonstrates a level of equivalency. Approved alternative rope access certification conversion schemes can be found on our website www.irata.org. Please note, to read these documents you will be required to be logged into the members area of the IRATA website.​

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COMPLAINT JUDGEMENT – SELF-VERIFICATION & POOR MAINTENANCE OF THE LOGBOOK en

An IRATA L1 technician breached the IRATA logbook policy insofar that he self-verified a logbook entry recorded in his IRATA logbook. Further to this, upon inspection of the respondent’s logbook by an IRATA Assessor, the following additional discrepancies were identified:

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EN 12841 AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION en

The long-awaited draft of EN 12841 is now available for public consultation.

EN 12841 “Personal fall protection equipment - Rope access systems - Rope adjustment devices” is an important standard for the rope access industry, applying to rope adjustment devices intended for use in rope access systems.

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COMPLAINT JUDGEMENT – ASSESSOR CODE OF CONDUCT en

An IRATA Assessor arrived at a member’s training venue to conduct an assessment whilst under the influence of alcohol. The training venue management determined that he was in no fit state to conduct the assessment and therefore cancelled the planned assessment.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: September en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in September 2020…

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IRATA Brazil RAC en

IRATA International is delighted to announce the appointment of the newly elected Brazil Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Chairwoman, Lúcia Costa Passalacqua.

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: August en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in August 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: July en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in July 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: June en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in June 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: May en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in May 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: April en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in April 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: March en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in March 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: February en

​IRATA International would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest members who were appointed in February 2020…

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: January en

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

  • Mikiwam Coatings Ltd - Operator - Canada
  • Jimcol Resources Nigeria Limited - Operator - Nigeria
  • Shenzhen Jierui Engineering and Technology Co., Ltd - Operator and Trainer - China
  • Skytrax Rope Access Training and NDT Global Services Private Limited - Operator and Trainer - India
  • Smart Screening Technology W.L.L - Operator - Bahrain
  • DOST Die Oberflächen Schutz Technik GmbH - Operator - Germany

Wishing you all future success,
IRATA International

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: December en

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

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NEW CERTIFIED IRATA MEMBER COMPANIES: November en

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

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Technician Logbooks en

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.


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‘Stop the Drops’ Video, by Absafe en

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.

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