Rope Access, Fall Protection and OSHA: Regulatory Updates and You

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | This presentation will outline recent updates to the recent OSHA Fall Protection Regulation as well as developments within the ANSI Z359 family of Fall Protection standards as relates to rope access. Presented by PMI’s Loui McCurley, who has been blazing new trails in safe work at height for over three decades, this is a command performance update to her presentation at the January 2017 SPRAT conference. From working as a Rope Access Technician before such a thing existed in the USA, Loui visualized and instigated the founding of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) in 1996, then went on to help develop a pair of groundbreaking global rope access standards with the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 2003. Ten years later, she worked tirelessly with OSHA to ensure allowances were made for rope access in the impending 2016 updates to their 29CFR 1910 Subpart D Walking Working Surfaces regulation, and recently released the first book of it’s kind on Professional Rope Access for Safety Professionals and Program Managers. Today, in addition to serving as Regulatory Assistance Chairman of SPRAT, Loui is once again leading a charge for the cause as chairman of the ANSI Z359 Committee’s forthcoming standard on Rope Access. Loui’s commitment and passion to improving safety in work at height is recognized by regulatory authorities, standards organizations, and corporate safety professionals worldwide. You’ll get the latest critical updates and insights toward future efforts in this presentation.

Fall Protection, Rope Access and Regulatory Compliance in the USA

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
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.

Ready for Rescue? A Primer on Preparation

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
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.

To Knot or Not to Knot?

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
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.

Overcoming GRAVITY – Choosing a Rope for Safety

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 

Life safety rope is available in such a variety of diameters, materials, and constructions… how do you choose what’s right for you? This presentation will cover some of the finer points of rope selection, including test methods, interpretation of data, and both objective and subjective considerations in choosing the best rope for your application. Rope is not a commodity, and details do make a difference. By the end of this webinar you will have a better grasp on analyzing specifications and product labels to help you choose the best product for your needs. Loui McCurley, you presenter for this webinar, offers perspective gained from personal experience in rescue, fall protection, rope access, and recreational climbing, as well as testing and evaluating mechanisms of failure of life safety rope.

Permit-Based Rope Access Planning

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
The Rope Access Permit (Work Plan) referenced by SPRAT Safe Practices documents is intended as a tool for the employer/safety manager to use in evaluating the work to be done and to ensure that all necessary considerations have been given the attention they deserve. The Rope Access Permit is more than just a Job Hazard Analysis; it is a comprehensive guideline to help think through practical safety and regulatory aspects of a given job. Attend this free webinar to learn more about how to plan your rope access work using the “Permit-Process”.