Industrial rope access trade association (IRATA) ICOP

IRATA International 'Code of Practice for Industrial Rope Access

Although there is a steady decline in the number of injuries caused by falls; falls from height remain the most common kind of workplace fatality. They are the biggest single cause of serious and fatal injuries arising from construction and maintenance activities. Safety when working at height is essential, and making sure that people use access equipment properly is a key part of this.

HSE recognises that, within the variety of work at height methods available, rope access is an accepted technique to use in appropriate circumstances. I am pleased to continue HSE’s support of IRATA’s guidance in this area. This voluntary code of practice sets out good practice for individuals and organisations using rope access equipment and will help to ensure that health and safety risks in this area are minimised or avoided. 

SIngapore standards (SS)

SS 588: Part 1 and 2 2013


Singapore Standards for Personal Safety and Health for Working at Heights saw the launch of SS 588: 2013 Specification for Personal Equipment for Protection Against Falls - Rope Access Systems (Part 1 & 2)

Part 1: Provides the fundamental principles for the use of rope access methods for work-at-height.


Part 2: Offers recommendations and guidance on the use access methods for work-at-height and expands on the fundamental principles given in Part 1. Cross references should be made to both parts when using rope access methods for work at heights.

Personal equipment for protection against falls --

Rope access systems Part 1: Fundamental principles for a system of work


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ISO 22846-1 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 94, Personal safety — Protective clothing and equipment, Subcommittee SC 4, Personal equipment for protection against falls.

ISO 22846 consists of the following parts, under the general title Personal equipment for protection against falls — Rope access systems:

— Part 1: Fundamental principles for a system of work
— Part 2: Code of practice (in the early stages of preparation)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 22846-1 and 2 : 2003