Guide to managing risks of industrial rope access systems


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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 guide provides information on managing the risks associated with industrial rope access systems, including:

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

This guide is for:

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

Supporting Information

Working at heights

Model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks


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Safety by industry and business
Personal protective equipment
Plant, equipment and structures
Working at heights