What is irata?

IRATA, the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, was formed in Great Britain in the late 1980’s as the result of an initiative of a number of individuals and companies involved in using industrial rope access techniques. IRATA’s objective was to design work-at-height safety procedures and a training and assessment system for rope access professionals. IRATA is now recognized as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access, and IRATA’s system as the best in the world.

We are the first company in Poland to have adopted the IRATA system.

When designing its rope access safety system, IRATA aimed to:

  • Improve safety in all industry sectors using rope access techniques;
  • Bring forth a set of norms and standard procedures, as well as requirements and directives in terms of industrial rope access trainings;
  • Outline a reliable assessment and registration system of technicians.

Due to the strict compliance with the IRATA procedures and directives, no casualties have been reported by now.

The 10 key rope access rules according to the IRATA safety system are:

  • A double rope system: all activities must be performed by means of two pieces of hardware: a working and a safety hardware;
  • The safety hardware should be placed at a higher location;
  • The level of supervision should correspond with workers’ skills and assignments, as well as weather conditions;
  • All employees are required to maintain an audio-visual contact;
  • Findings on the risk assessment and rescue procedures should be adapted to circumstances and announced to all employees;
  • An every-day site training should be implemented and registered;
  • A thorough preparation of the work site and careful planning; a comprehensive knowledge of rescue methods, and practical trainings – if applicable;
  • Rescue equipment should be – if needed – easy to access;
  • Employees should be qualified, unflawed trained, and familiar with first aid rules;
  • All employees should carry their identification badges at all times. Before use, equipment should be inspected on a daily basis.