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New guide to manage risks of industrial rope access systems

New guidance has been published to help persons conducting a business or undertaking to manage the health and safety risks of industrial rope access systems.

An industrial rope access system is a work positioning system used for gaining access to, and working at, a workface, usually through vertically suspended ropes.

The Safe Work Australia guide provides practical information on:

  • selection and installation of anchors
  • anchor access and layout
  • anchor inspection and testing
  • rigging techniques
  • rope protection
  • exclusion zones.

The guide will assist:

  • industrial rope access service providers
  • building managers
  • building owners
  • building body corporates
  • principal contractors
  • other PCBUs at a workplace where an industrial rope access system is used.

The guide looks at managing rope access system risks using consultation, training and safe work method statements. It also highlights remote access work, emergency procedures, equipment selection, and anchor systems and rope protection. There are sections on environment hazards, electricity lines, as well as suspension intolerance and exclusion zones.

Further information

Read the Guide to managing risks of industrial rope access systems.