SPRAT’s Board of Directors is pleased to release the draft documentation to establish a new fall protection certification program. Designed to parallel SPRAT’s existing rope access certification program, the fall protection program establishes a certification with performance-based criteria to ensure a baseline minimum of skills for the use of personal fall protection systems other than rope access. The Board of Directors believes a performance-based certification for additional forms of fall protection provides an opportunity for the organization to further contribute to the overall safety of the work-at-height industry and to provide a clearer pathway between other forms of fall protection and rope access. The draft documentation includes:
Fall Protection Certification Requirements:
The document proposes seven exercise requirements, each focusing on the minimization of free fall potential during the use of and transition between fall protection systems, with evaluation criteria based on performance principles and a grading scheme matching SPRAT’s rope access evaluation. Examples of successful completion of the exercises required for the fall protection certification may be found here. Ensure closed captioning is on to view exercise descriptions.
Fall Protection Evaluation Guidelines:
A supplement for the Fall Protection Certification Requirements that provides grading examples for usage of the various fall protection systems, lesson considerations for preparing candidates to complete each exercise, evaluation site requirements, and fall protection system and component templates for inclusion in an evaluation site’s fall protection plan.
Prior to initiating the fall protection program, the Board of Directors is soliciting a 90-day membership review. Following this 90-day review period, the Board of Directors will vote at a regularly scheduled meeting to continue with initiating the program. SPRAT intends to submit the Fall Protection Certification Requirements document as a standards technical ballot to the membership no more than two years after initiating the program.
The Board of Directors hopes for your participation in this new program, and encourages any and all feedback.
A SPRAT certification provides instant recognition and credibility for the Technicians who carry it, and the companies who invest in it. In turn, companies that hire rope access services will look for the SPRAT certification, and will know you offer the industry’s best in technical achievement.
Membership in the organization is open to any company or individual interested in furthering the interest of rope access. Current members include a broad cross-section of commercial industry, professional services, and government agencies.
Member consensus and committee developed standards, guidelines, policies and procedure drafted with modern regulations and geographic requirements in mind and built for the benefit of the current technician, company and general member.
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