OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 827 Worker’s personal logbook

Worker logbooks are a mandatory requirement of industrial rope access workers. The logbook concept is an essential component of modern industrial rope access. A worker’s logbook should be considered a tool that an employer or prospective employer can use to verify and quantify the work history of the rope access worker.

The logbook should clearly indicate the duration and nature of the work performed as well as the access techniques employed by the worker. Given the freelance nature of rope access workers, the logbook accompanies the worker and details the breadth and experience of the worker.

Personal logbooks are not a new type of requirement for the OHS Code. Part 31 of the OHS Code requires that commercial divers maintain a personal logbook of their dives. The logbook maintained by workers engaged in industrial rope access work must include the following entries:

(a) the date on which the work was performed;
(b) type of work, including access method – the nature of the task performed e.g. non-destructive testing (NDT), inspection, window cleaning or painting, as well as a brief description of the access method used e.g. vertical rope work, traversing, fall arrest climbing, equipment maintenance, etc.
(c) the type of structure worked on – e.g. flare stack 30 m tall, high rise building 100 m tall, etc., and
(d) hours worked – this includes only those hours worked using rope access techniques including rigging, equipment maintenance and inspection. Work using fall arrest methods is of relevance only if used in combination with rope access. The number of hours logged will not necessarily be the number of hours spent at the worksite or the time shown on time sheets.

The rope access supervisor or worksite manager must sign each logbook entry.

Although not required by this section, the logbook can also be used as a means of documenting the rope access and other training that an industrial rope access worker receives.