OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 836 Acceptable styles of carabiners

Auto-locking and auto-closing carabiners reduce the likelihood of a carabiner being unintentionally left open, resulting in a potential worker injury or death. However, this type of carabiner may not be appropriate in all situations e.g. manipulating a screw-gate carabiner while wearing welding gloves or cold weather gloves/mittens can be much easier than trying to manipulate a self-locking, self-closing carabiner under the same conditions. As a result, screw-gate type carabiners that lock manually are acceptable for use in industrial rope access systems.

Non-locking carabiners are not allowed for use in industrial rope access systems.