OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 41 Work Requiring Rope Access

Non-industrial rope access work

Non-industrial rope access work is defined in the OHS Code as work activities performed within a recreational or sport context that incorporates a working line and a sit harness or full body harness in combination with other devices during

(a) mountaineering, caving and canyoning activities requiring the use of rope access techniques, or
(b) climbing on artificial structures designed and built for the purpose of sport climbing.

Non-industrial rope access work includes the work activities of mountain guides, professionally certified mountain guides (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – ACMG), guides involved in caving, workers involved in delivering outdoor education courses in rock and ice climbing and glacier travel, and workers who work at sport climbing walls and gyms.