OHS Code Explanation Guide

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


Occupational rope access work includes “industrial rope access work” that involves double rope technique in industrial settings. “Non-industrial rope access work” uses single rope technique in activities such as mountaineering, caving and sport climbing, and the requirements for this type of rope access work apply to the workers involved, not the clients.

  • Section 808 requires an employer to develop a written occupational rope access safe work plan and section 809 describes its elements.
  • Section 811 describes the elements to be included in the employer’s safe work practices.
  • Sections 821 and 822 deal with worker rescue and self-rescue.
  • Section 823 recognizes industrial rope access practice guidelines used in the United Kingdom (IRATA), the U.S. (SPRAT) and Australia (ARAA). Employers are required to follow one of the listed guidelines.
  • Section 826 requires industrial rope access workers to have the applicable skills and practical experience hours described in the certification guidelines published by IRATA, SPRAT, or the ARAA. Certification of Alberta workers by one or more of the organizations is not required.
  • Section 827 requires industrial rope access workers to maintain a personal logbook of work hours and activities.
  • Section 841 requires non-industrial rope access workers to have the applicable skills described in manuals and guidelines published by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) or, in the case of caving activities, guidelines published by the Canadian Cave Conservancy and British Columbia Cave Rescue.
  • This Part references many European standards for equipment.