Before any team can utilize rope access, a written program must be in place. Similar to a OHS Program, rope access written procedures and forms initiate the action plan to identify the hazards, control procedures, safety responsibilities, and emergency protocols surrounding the use of rope access.
Rope access training is essential before any person can use a rope access system. There are various certifications available but generally IRATA and SPRAT are the two most recognized rope access certifications in North America. There are checks and balances to ensure trained technicians are held accountable to safe work at height.