Based on the concept of “doubling up,” Rope Access is a system comprising of ropes and hardware that are attached to a worker in a full body Rope Access harness. Using trained techniques, the worker can utilize this system to go up, down, and around a difficult work location. In addition to this flexibility, a Rope Access Technician can be supported in suspension at their work location all while avoiding any worksite hazards. Below is an illustrative breakdown of the rope access system.
Imagine budgeting a job and being able to reduce scaffolding costs. With rope access, you would be able to eliminate or at the very least, reduce the amount of scaffolding needed.
In Canada, each province differs in how they regulate work at height, including rope access. However, rope access technicians are certified by either IRATA or SPRAT, which are the two rope access associations that have the biggest influence in North America. Companies who choose to use rope access will follow either IRATA or SPRAT regulations. If there are specific rope access regulations within a province, generally, these regulations will defer the specifics back to either IRATA or SPRAT standards. To find out more about each association, click below.
In Canada, the certifications that are recognized and accepted are IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) and SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians). Each certification has three levels that can be obtained. Minimum time experience and rope hours are required before a technician can upgrade to the next level. Each level requires certain amount of days of training and a third party examination. To learn about the different certifications and how training is conducted, please visit our training page!