Standards and Compliance

NFPA 1983: 2012 Edition

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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The 2012 edition of NFPA 1983 Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services is out! All manufacturers of these products will soon be required to certify their products to this new version of NFPA 1983. This webinar is a quick review of the major product additions and other changes to the previous edition published in 2006. Steve Hudson has been actively involved with the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for the creation of this and the previous four editions of NFPA 1983.

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues?


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Webinar Description:
Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues? This presentation will answer these questions and many others by comparing and contrasting the techniques and gear employed by rope access technicians versus those of the backcountry rescuer when doing a one-on-one pickoff-type rescue of a suspended rope access worker.

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Fall Protection, Rope Access and Regulatory Compliance in the USA

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Webinar Description:
Although fall prevention and protection has been repeatedly addressed by OSHA, which has suggested methods such as elimination or substitution of work, use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to control hazards, falls continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace.

In developing a Managed Fall Protection Program, one thing is clear: Adequate preparation, systems thinking, and adhering to appropriate safety practices are more likely to have a positive influence on safety at height than complex, rigid work systems and adherance to “product standards”.

This presentation, given by Loui McCurley, will explore integration of Rope Access into the employers Managed Fall Protection Program, and the potential benefits of versatility and capability that can be realized by the employer as a result. We will discover how Professional Rope Access fits in as a work method combining trained technicians with a proven system of work and equipment to achieve complete system of work, and how it is recognized by US and International standards, including ANSI, ISO, and others.

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Ready for Rescue? A Primer on Preparation

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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Thousands of people are working at height every day. Anyone participating in activity at height has a potential to fall. Does your workplace Emergency Action Plan include preparation for rescue from your most challenging locations? Incidents that are a reasonably foreseeable possibility should warrant a realistic response plan. Employers, safety managers, and workers will all benefit from this presentation, which will address the key aspects of developing a rescue/response plan, selecting appropriate rescue equipment, and training designated employees accordingly.

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ACCT 2012 – Ready for Rescue? – A Primer on Preparation

Monday, February 13th, 2012
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This presentation was given at the Association for Challenge Course Technology 2012 Conference held February 9-12, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.


To Knot or Not to Knot?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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Any knot tied in a rope will reduce the strength of the rope at that point – but how much? Should knots really be used in life safety applications such as fall protection, rescue, and rope access? This presentation will discuss a variety of knots and their efficiency, and will explore the question of whether it is appropriate to use knots in life safety ropes. Other alternatives, such as splicing, swaged eyes, and sewn terminations will also be explored.

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In-House Emergency Response

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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Robert Gowder will be presenting PMI’s latest webinar on “In-House Emergency Response”. This webinar will focus on how to best prepare workers – not professional rescuers – for post fall rescue and retrieval. Emphasizing “P.R.E. planning”, the presentation will cover Personnel, Rescue and Equipment on the jobsite. Robert is PMI’s Account Manager for the Northern United States.

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ASSE 2011 – Delivering Safety at Height in the Workplace

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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This presentation was given at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2011 conference held June 12-15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.


Every Rescuer Should Know Their ABCDE’s: A Disciplined Approach for Conducting Rope System Safety Checks

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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A common practice in rope rescue is to conduct a “safety check” of the rigging in a rope system prior to placing a human load on it. The purpose and value of safety check is well documented in various technical rope rescue textbooks and is even is a job performance requirement in NFPA 1006, Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications. However, these references often only present general guidelines and they do not present a disciplined approach to conducting a safety check. This free PMI® Webinar will present a disciplined approach developed by West Metro Fire Rescue’s (Lakewood, CO) Technical Rescue Team as one way to conduct a system safety check.

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