IRATA Training – Resources for IRATA candidates

The following resources are selected specifically for IRATA candidates, but may also be a valuable resource for technicians to use when planning their day to day work.

The information you can read on this page is sufficient for a Level 1 candidate – Levels 2 and 3 should click through on the links to get more detailed information.


The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974  is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The objective of the Act is to place a duty of care upon all employers, employees and self-employed to ensure that no-one is harmed as a result of their work. The Act is supported by regulations – regulations address specific industries, activities, or issues where hazards may exist, and specify particular control measures. The key regulations that apply to rope access activities are:


As part of managing the health and safety at work, you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.

  • Here’s the 5 steps to risk assessment from the HSE website. You can click on each step and it will direct you to the HSE website where you’ll find more information on each step:
  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
  4. Record your significant findings
  5. Review your assessment and update if necessary


Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

The following link opens the HSE Guide to the Work at Height Regulations w@h 2005


What are they and are they important? Safety Bulletins (also called Safety Notices) are raised whenever there is an incident or near miss that might have relevance for the wider membership. The SBs are not too easily found if you are unfamiliar with the IRATA website, and often the SBs aren’t written in a way that is easily understood. However, they are vitally important, and if you go though all of the Safety Bulletins and take on-board all of the recommendations you can be confident that you’re operating in accordance with best practice. Here’s our summary of the SBs up to September 2020, produced for our own company use  – we hope that this gives you the relevant information in a more concise and accessible fashion.

IRATA Safety Bulletin summary September 2020.xlsx