This section describes the structure of IRATA's safety system. Your maneuvers are important but the safety system, which the maneuvers are based on, what makes rope access safe. At the start of your rope access career, familiarize yourself with these concepts so that you know how to make the safest choices when you are out in the field.
This is the only section of the IRATA syllabus where all levels (L1, L2, and L3) need to demonstrate not just awareness but competence. Everything in this area is relevant to rope techs right from the beginning, with some very minor differences. The main underlying point you MUST remember in all maneuvers is to maintain two independent safety attachments.
The techniques for climbing on a structure with PPE can be split into two methods: climbing with fall arrest equipment and aid climbing. Each type will be taught and explained in this section.
Rigging is the process of connecting our ropes to our anchors. Things to keep in mind during this process include: location and suitability of anchors, rope positioning, rescue methods, hazard avoidance, and angle loading.
Rescue methods are determined during the planning stage of any rope access job and are included in the method statements. Rescues are generally divided between two categories, "Rig-for-Rescue,: or "Intervention Rescue." Rig for rescue involves a pre-rigged lowering system while an intervention rescue involves a rope access technician directly assisting the casualty and accompanying their ascent or descent. All technicians are expected to understand the benefits of rig to rescue, additional equipment needed for intervention rescues (in order to maintain the safety factor), and how to protect their ropes during a two person rescue.