Workplace Rope Access
Gravitec’s Workplace Rope Access Course is designed for personnel using ropes to access work areas where descending, ascending, and lateral movement is required. This course combines interactive classroom sessions with extensive hands-on fieldwork to maximize the learning experience. Participants are trained in techniques using equipment developed for high-angle environments commonly encountered by rope access personnel. Gravitec Systems training advisors work with employers to determine what skill sets, techniques, methods, and equipment are necessary for their work environment and develop the course curriculum accordingly.
This course covers the skills needed to perform the work required at your job site and is customized for each client to meet your specific needs. Most often this course includes job site safety, basic fall protection, and basic rope access techniques and rescues.
This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1), the highest industry standard for training, and is tough in alignment with SPRAT’s; Safe Work Practices for Rope Access Work.
Note: Working Safely within a rope access program relies in large part on working under the supervision of an experienced rope access technician that possesses the ability to assess and mitigate hazards, rig appropriate systems, and rescue works from anywhere within the work area. This course does not prepare a student to supervise a worksite-based solely on the content of this course. If you are interested in finding supervision to facility rope access work at your job site after this course please check out Rope Access Supervision services.
Note: If SPRAT certification is desired check out our SPRAT LEVEL I, LEVEL II, & LEVEL III courses required equipment will be provided by Gravitec. However, students can bring their own rope access equipment if it meets current regulations and standards.
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40 Hours (MON-FRI)
(Shorter, custom courses can be designed by consulting with a Gravitec Training Advisor.)
Call 800.755.8455 for more details.
No previous experience with rope access is necessary. Familiarity with rope (recreational climbing, arborist, window cleaning, rescue teams, etc.) is desirable but not required. A medical examination is recommended prior to the start of class because this course does include a moderate to high level of strenuous exercise while working at height. Additionally students should have the following mental attributes and be able to complete the activities listed below:
- Health respect for heights
- Safety first mindset
- Run 1 mile
- Complete 20 consecutive sit ups
- Complete 2 consecutive pull ups or chin ups
Note: Participants will be required to perform moderate to strenuous activities for five consecutive eight hour days in a group setting and will be expected to keep up with an established course schedule and group pace. Arm, elbow and shoulder strains are relatively common and a short warm up, or stretching routine, before the day of training can help minimize the potential for muscle strains and other injuries.
Students completing this course will be taught to evaluate hazards and use basic rope access and fall protection equipment and techniques to access a wide array of work areas where traditional means of access are unavailable. Emphasis is placed on the ability to assess situations, select the most appropriate procedures and effectively utilize both traditional equipment and new technologies to execute safe operations.
- Fundamentals of Rope Access & Fall Protection
- Regulatory Requirements for Rope Access & Fall Protection
- Hierarchy of Fall Protection
- Job Safety
- Rope Access & Fall Protection Equipment Use and Inspection
- Use of Shock Absorbing Lanyards
- Use of Self Retracting Devices
- Use of Secondary Devices
- Use of Ascenders
- Use of Descenders
- Change Over (Switching from Ascent to Descent & Descent to Ascent)
- Passing Knots
- Rope-to-Rope Transfers
- Edge Negotiation
- Rope and Sling Protection
- Rescue from Descent
- Rescue from Ascent
- Anchorage Systems
Note: The skills listed above provide a basic outline of potential techniques for this course. Subtractions and additions should be made to custom tailor this course to your unique needs. Call Gravitec’s training advisors at 1.800.755.8455 to schedule your course or for more information.
POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SKILLS
- Ladder Safety Systems
- Horizontal Aid Climbing
- Vertical Aid Climbing
- Rescue through Knots
- Rescue through Deviation
- Rescue through Re-Anchor
- Rescue from mid Rope-to-Rope
- Rescue from mid Re-Anchor
- Rescue from Horizontal Aid
- Rigging and System Dynamics
- Hauling and Lowering
- Rope Access System Pr-rigged to lower
- Retrievable Rope systems
- Pitch Head Break in and Lower
- Hauling and Lowering Through Knots
- Tensioned Rope Systems
Note: This program is not a rescue course and does not include rescue in industrial settings (ie: towers, warehouses, power plants), packaging or the use of attendants. If these skills are required, Gravitec’s Industrial Rescue Course is the proper course.
Students will receive a plastic wallet certificate of attendance, Gravitec’s Rope Access Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.