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ROPE ACCESS ISO STANDARD ADOPTED AS BRITISH STANDARD

Fundamentals of rope access standard highlighted by industry leader

heightec Group Ltd has drawn attention to the new British Standard – BS ISO 22846 which is an international standard covering the fundamentals of rope access. The company has been involved closely in the development of both parts of ISO 22846: Personal equipment for protection against falls – Rope access systems.

David Thomas, Technical Director, heightec Group Ltd said:

“There are many factors essential to the safety of a rope access system and a failure or shortcoming in any of them can render the entire system deficient. The Standards offer a comprehensive and international benchmark to measure the compliance and effectiveness of rope access systems.”

The heightec Group Ltd is a provider of products, training and support to the professional work at height and rescue industry and are “the only UK manufacturer that specialises in the design and production of technical fall protection who offers complementary training and support services”

Two part standard now official BS

BS ISO 22846 comprises two parts under the general title, Personal equipment for protection against falls – Rope access systems:

  • Part 1: Fundamental principles for a system of work

ISO 22846-1 was published in 2003 and was adopted as a British Standard in July 2012.

The standard provides the fundamental principles for the use of rope access methods for work at height. It is applicable to the use of rope-access methods on buildings, other structures (e.g. on or offshore) or natural features (e.g. cliff faces), during which ropes are suspended from or connected to a structure or natural feature; and is applicable to situations where ropes are used as the primary means of access, egress or support and as the primary means of protection against a fall.

  • Part 2: Code of practice

ISO 22846-2 was published in 2012 with immediate publication as a British Standard.

Part 2 expands on the fundamental principles outlined in ISO 22846-1 and gives recommendations for: planning and management; operative competence and responsibilities of personnel; supervision; the selection, use and care of equipment; and advice on how to implement a ‘safe system of work’.

There may be other issues to consider also, depending upon the nature and location of the work, the competence and experience of the operatives (as well as local or regional legal requirements).

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