WHAT IS IRATA?
The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) is a membership organisation with global reach. It was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry.
The rope access technique developed by IRATA has now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it provides an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site, the IRATA system of rope access continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout the world.
IRATA is now recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access. IRATA is established as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access techniques.
The Association’s aim in international promotion and development of a safe system of working on ropes that it has pioneered for over 25 years.
- Level 1
In this level, a rope access technician is able to perform a specific range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3 Instructor.
- Level 2
An experienced rope access technician with the skills of Level 1 will manage a more complex rigging, rescue and rope access skills, under the supervision of a Level 3 Instructor.
- Level 3
Level 3 rope access technician is in total responsible for the rope safety in work projects. He requires the skills and knowledge of Level 1 & 2 and of course, able to demonstrate it. He also must be skilful in relevant work techniques and legislation; has an extensive knowledge of advanced rigging and rescue techniques; holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate, IRATA training, assessment and certification scheme.
An IRATA qualification is designed to enable qualified industrial tradesmen to access their normal tasks in a safe, efficient and low impact way. Common trades on the ropes include: NDT, inspection, electrical, rigging and painting.