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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Selection of Access Method

Let’s be humble here. Although rope access is an innovative and low-cost access method, it’s not always the best option for a task and/or location....

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Care and Maintenance of Equipment

All of your rope access equipment, with absolutely no exceptions, needs to be inspected regularly. There are three types of equipment inspections you...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Selection of Equipment

Although only L3 techs are actually responsible for selecting the appropriate equipment for a rope access operation, all levels need to demonstrate...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Anchor Selection

There’s a whole range of different anchor-types used in rope access, including purpose-engineered steelwork and eyebolts, to temporary ground anchors,...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Exclusion Zones, Protection of Third Parties, and Permits to Work

Careful as we may be, it’s nearly impossible to completely remove the risk of debris or work instruments falling/being dropped while we’re working at...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Pre-Use Checks

After arriving at work, one of the first things you will always do is a pre-use check of all your personal protective equipment. You’ll look them over,...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Knots and Rope Handling

Knots are integral to rope access work, and have a wide variety of uses. Even though sewn terminations are now available it’s a skill that will never...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Y-Hangs

Easy to identify and commonly used, Y-hangs have several advantages. They allow for precise rope positioning and load sharing between the two anchor...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Safety Method Statement

The safety method statement is your action plan. It outlines the sequence of procedures necessary for the overall safe execution of a task, and takes...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Detailed and Interim Inspections

To make sure that all of your equipment is in safe working condition, regular inspections are an understandably mandatory part of your job as a rope...

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