Industrial rope access, or, more specifically, ‘twin-rope’ access, is an important method for performing working at height activities and requires a high level of competency on the part of the user. Industrial rope access is a special kind of work positioning system that uses equipment to prevent a fall by vertically suspending a worker in a harness.

What is IRATA? Well, IRATA is the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA).

IRATA International has long been considered the world’s leading authority in Industrial Rope Access. The Association, from its inception in the early 1980’s had the primary objective for ongoing development of a safe system of work, allowing personnel to gain access to and from the work position, and be supported there.

The advantage of using rope access methods mainly lies in the safety and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations in order to carry out their work, often with minimal impact on other operations, surrounding areas and the environment. Another major benefit is the reduction of the combination of the total man-hours and perceived level of risk for a particular task (man-at-risk hours) when compared with other means of access and their associated risks and costs.

IRATA International as a qualification can provide work opportunities in many industry sectors, such as civil construction, oil and gas, power and petrochemical, the natural environment such as geotechnical and mining, confined spaces, ground support engineering, renewable energy and more.

IRATA International have a comprehensive membership process across two primary categories: Operations and Training. Companies can hold individual membership in these sectors, or both. IRATA requires that member companies work in accordance with the IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP) and the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) and, by doing so, contribute to maintaining the prized safety record of the Association that is unmatched in the access industry; the details of Members’ operational safety records are required to be submitted on a quarterly basis and are independently audited on a three yearly cycle, along with internal audit and quality assurance requirements.

At Dynamic Access, our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is underpinned by the philosophy that no job is worth an injury and the belief that all injuries and work-related diseases are preventable. This ethos is carried into out IRATA International Training courses. Through our proactive approach to the continual reduction of risks to our personnel, the environment and assets we are committed to continuing to achieve a zero-harm workplace.