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Who is IRATA

IRATA or the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry.  Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry.  The rope access technique developed by IRATA has now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it provides an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site, the IRATA system of rope access continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout the world. 

IRATA is now recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access.  It has over 350 member companies around the world and has trained in excess of 74,000 rope access technicians worldwide. The Association directs and manages through its members the training of all workers seeking its qualifications. These member companies provide training or operational services, or both. 


  • Using Rope Access can provide an unobtrusive, cost effective access solution

  • Reduced hours working at height when using Rope Access over traditional access methods

  • Equipment used (i.e. Ropes) installed/ uninstalled rapidly to ensure minimum disruption

  • Reduces overall lead time on projects which has a reduction in project costs

  • Other trades can almost always continue their works without disruption at ground level, compared with other access methods, i.e. scaffolding

  • Rope systems can be easily installed to reach almost all areas, which may not have been possible using conventional means

  • Use of Rope Access could reduce further costs where there may be need of road closures, i.e. Busy Shopping Centres

  • Rope Access offers greater flexibility for rescheduling and can therefore take advantage of any weather conditions

  • Rope Access, can offer historic building owners less visual impact during remedial works, enabling them to retain their visual integrity.

What is Rope Access 

IRATA International’s rope access system is a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the work place, and to be supported there.


















The advantage of using rope access methods mainly lies in the safety and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations and then carry out their work, often with minimal impact on other operations and the nearby area. Another major benefit is that the combination of the total man-hours and the level of risk for a particular task (man-at-risk hours) is often reduced when compared with other means of access and their associated risks and costs.

The primary objective when using rope access methods is to plan, manage and carry out the work with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences, i.e. to ensure a safe system of work is maintained at all times, and with no damage to property or harm to the environment. IRATA International has in place a continuously evolving regime of work procedures that members are required to follow and which are monitored for compliance to ensure that a safe system of work is established and maintained. This sets IRATA International member companies apart from rope access companies that are not subject to such a rigorous scheme.

Like any other method of working at height, the application of rope access should be regarded as a complete system, in which planning, management, competence and suitable equipment should be treated with equal importance, as each is dependent on the others to ensure a safe system of work. This Code of Practice gives recommendations and guidance on the use of rope access methods to provide such a safe system of work. Part 1 sets out fundamental principles and controls. Part 2 expands on Part 1, providing more detailed guidance. Part 3 is a series of annexes, which give advice on the rope access aspect of associated work practices and information on other relevant topics. Several of these annexes are still under development. Part 4 gives links to relevant national legislation and Part 5 provides a bibliography. The parts should be read in conjunction with each other, but particularly Part 1 with Part 2.

Industrial Rope Access has been developed over the last 25 years as a means of access for work in all sectors, including but not exhaustive; petrochemical industry, projects in construction, civil engineering, the built and natural environment and much more.  Rope access equipment is lightweight and able to be installed and removed in rapid time, which offers greater flexibility and speed, and therefore making rope access a preferred method of access due to minimising exposure to work at height.

The primary objective when using rope access methods is to plan, manage and carry out the work with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences, for example, to ensure a safe system of work is maintained at all times, and with no damage to property or harm to persons or the environment.

High Access Solutions offers a broad range of Industrial Rope Access Services.  Our advice and implementation of our services enables your projects to be delivered on time and within budget. Each Rope Access project is given the ‘Safe and Best Practice’ approach ensuring all work is carried out to the highest safety standards.

Our industrial rope access services include fire protection systems, demolition, glazing, bridge works, cladding, cleaning, construction, inspections, NDT, Painting, Rail, Rescue, Steel, and Power Station, Chimney and Flares works, etc.



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URBAN XTREME (Singapore) is founded on three core values:




We adhere to ISO 22846 in reference for the use of Rope Access Methods under set Singapore Standards SS588 Parts 1 and 2.    

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