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Rope Access Chamber

Rope Access Chamber

The Rope Access Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represents the practitioners involved in working at height by using ropes and associated equipment as the primary means of positioning and fall protection. It could also be described as ``industrial abseiling``.
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ROPE ACCESS

Companies, Partnerships or Individuals engaged in rope access.

Rope Access should always be carried out as a complete safe access systems with two rope access points of attachment at all times per suspended worker.

A set of working ropes (per person) must consist of two separate ropes individually anchored to their own anchor points. Hauling and lowering systems must be used with two separate ropes at all times and cannot the same set of working ropes that the worker is suspended on. Only during an emergency and rescue situation may the set of working ropes be shared by more than one suspended worker. After determining that Rope Access is a suitable method for the task, certain underlying principles are fundamental when considering what measures should be required for a rope access operation. They are as follows;

  • There should always be effective management, including onsite supervision
  • Rope Access methods can vary in difficulty and complexity
  • Individuals should possess the minimum knowledge, skill level and physical and mental ability appropriate for the work to be undertaken and in the environment they are working. These would differ according to the specific level of responsibility, i.e. manager, supervisor and operator
  • Suitable, sufficient and certified equipment, anchor pots and anchoring methods to be selected and used.

When selecting a training provider we recommend the following;

  • That the Provider is accredited, with the relevant SETA, to provide training covering the qualifications required.
  • That the Assessors and Moderators are registered constituent members of that SETA.
  • That the Training Provider is recognised the relevant Professional Body for the industry.
  • That the Professional Body is registered with SAQA.

For more information contact the office for detail regarding the Working at Height Guidelines