Safety

Safety is obviously paramount to Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions and our clients, that is why all of our rope access technicians are trained to the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) guidelines.

Further to this Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions has passed audits for our memberships of Safe Contractor, CHAS, Link Up Achilles and Altius.

For each job or project a site specific survey is undertaken and a full Risk Assessment and Method statement is written and presented to the clients safety team for authorisation. This will explain exactly what we will do, how we will do it and detail particular safety precautions.

But don’t take our word for it, please look at the pages below from the IRATA website that show just how seriously safety is taken to be a qualifying member.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Each IRATA member is audited by an independent third party auditor to ensure that it has in place correct procedures and systems to ensure that industrial rope access is carried out in a safe manner. Each company is obliged to work in accordance with the conditions laid down in the International Code of Practice, which the Health and Safety Executive (UK) have commended.

All applicants must:

  • Complete the IRATA application form submit one year's audited accounts (where applicable)

  • Agree to abide by the Memorandum & Articles of Association

  • IRATA members are required to abide by a code of ethics and are subject to a strict audit by qualified independent inspectors to ensure that the Association's requirements of Quality Assurance, Safety, Training and Working Practices are being met.

SAFETY NOTICES

IRATA issues Safety Notices on a regular basis, produced by IRATA Health and Safety Committee, to keep members and technicians abreast of issues of which they should be aware which have arisen out of incident reporting or feedback from members themselves

REGULATIONS & CONTROL

One of the prime motivations for the formation of IRATA in 1987 was the recognition by leading practitioners that the existing legislation did not cover rope access techniques. In the intervening years IRATA has worked closely with the HSE to formulate working philosophies for regulated rope access. IRATA has developed and implemented three broad schemes to regulate and control safety issues.

International Code of Practice

The IRATA Guidelines for Safe Working, originally published in 1994, regulated the way in which rope access works should be carried out. The Guidelines enabled companies to fully integrate rope access safety procedures with existing Health and Safety legislation thus creating a realistic philosophy of working methods. The Guidelines also specified the plant and equipment to be used together with the appropriate European norms (ENs) to which working systems should conform.

The ICOP (International Code of Practice), which reflects current best working practice, has now replaced Guidelines and members of IRATA International are required, as a condition of membership, to comply with the principles of the code of practice. The document has been compiled using the experience of established rope access companies and is the result of many years of knowledge gained from working with various national, international, regional and trade- based health and safety organizations, to which IRATA International is indebted for their advice and assistance.

3rd party Membership Audit

All companies wishing to become members of IRATA must be independently audited by the Association to confirm that they are working to the guidelines. To ensure this all companies have their procedures vetted and then audited. Audits have both technical and quality assurance components to assess all aspects of rope access management.

Training & Certification

Since 1992 all technicians working within the industry are required to be trained and assessed in accordance with the IRATA “General Requirements for Rope Access Personnel”. After training, the technicians undertake an independent assessment, and if successful are registered with IRATA and issued a log book and identification card. There are three levels of technician: Trainee (1), Operative (2) and Supervisor (3)

IRATA members provide clients with detailed method statements for any operation involving rope access. By identifying potential hazards and through effective risk management IRATA companies can produce a safe system of work. This progressive and proactive stance has led to documented accident rates being very low in comparison to other access industries

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