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Securing and Using Rope Access Arrangements in the Workplace

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in securing and using rope access arrangements in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract information from specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
  • 1.3 - State the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules, manufacturers' information and regulations for working at height.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 2.3 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe working practices when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and access equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 3.2 - Explain why, when and how personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to securing and using rope access arrangements, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 3.3 - State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to secure and use rope access arrangements.
  • 4.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - ropes
    - fixing and securing components
    - anchors and ties
    - hand tools
    - ancillary equipment.
  • 4.2 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings/anchors and ties, tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
  • 4.4 - Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
  • 4.5 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, weight and wastage associated with the method/procedure to secure and use rope access arrangements.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when securing and using rope access arrangements
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 5.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2 - State the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    - organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
7 Comply with the given contract information to secure and use rope access arrangements to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when securing and using rope access arrangements:
    - measuring, setting out, positioning, fixing, securing, testing and removing
    - manoeuvring by descent/ascent, changing-over, rope to rope, transferring and passing the knot, re-belaying, deviating and aid climbing.
  • 7.2 - Secure and use rope access arrangements to carry out manoeuvres to given working instructions.
  • 7.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - confirm the method of rope accessing to be arranged and used
    - position and set out
    - fit, fix and secure
    - test and use
    - ascend and descend safely and securely using approved techniques and following recognised codes of practice
    - take down and remove rope access arrangement
    - visually inspect fall protection equipment
    - install and test ties and anchors
    - identify the test and use criteria for rope access equipment
    - apply the hierarchy of control measures for working at height
    - apply rescue plans relating to methods of access
    - use hand tools, ropes and ancillary equipment
    - work at height
    - use access equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely use and store materials, ropes and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when securing and using rope access arrangements.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when securing and using rope access arrangements.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.