What is Rope Access?

What is Rope Access?

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.


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FAQ's about Rope Access

How does rope access reduce costs?

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. 

What services are offered via rope access?

Think of us like a multi-tool for work at height and confined spaces. Whatever needs to get done, we've got a team who can do it. Check out our services here:


How is rope access safe?

There are five components to rope access that each hold their own safety checks and balances in place. Together these five components create a synergy of work at height that is centered around one thing: safety. To read more about these five safety components, click below.

Rope Access Safety


Is rope access regulated?

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.

IRATA Info          SPRAT Info

How do I get my staff certified in rope access?

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!


How can I incorporate rope access?

Depending on your end goal, it may make more sense to bring in Pacific Ropes as your third party rope access provider or, we can help you build your own rope access team. Or, if can be a combination of both. Check out our rope access services page if you like our teams to come in as a contractor. Or, check out our Rope Access Management Program (RAMP) to find out how we can help you build your internal rope access team.



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