The purpose of the logbook is to record the rope access technician’s experience and training. This includes the total hours engaged in rope access, the type & variety of work undertaken, and when the work took place. Rope access technicians wishing to upgrade to Level 2 or 3 cannot be considered for assessment without a correctly maintained and up to date logbook.
How to complete the work experience section of a logbook
Under the heading Date: Work shall be recorded in the logbook in time periods of no more than two weeks. Where rope access technicians work on more than one site in a day, the tasks should be entered separately, unless very similar.
Under the heading Employing Company: The name of the employing company shall be recorded.
Under the heading Details of Task Being Undertaken: Both the nature of the work and the access methods employed shall be described, e.g.
- Window cleaning: descent on ropes; basic rigging
- Installing fall-arrest nets: aid-climbing; retrievable rigging
- Inspection of steelwork: ascent and descent on ropes; aid climbing; tensioned lines
Under the heading Location: Rope access technicians shall briefly describe the type of structure worked on e.g.
- Concrete tower block
- Steel-framed warehouse
- Flare stack; oil platform
Under the heading Hours worked: An accurate reflection of the time spent directly engaged in Rope Access activities shall be recorded. In addition to time spent on the main task noted under Details of Task Being Undertaken, this may include time spent rigging and de-rigging ropes, inspecting rope access equipment, and toolbox talks. It shall not include other time spent on site such as meal-breaks, waiting for permits, or down-time due to weather. For this reason, logged hours are typically less than those paid or entered on timesheets.
Under the heading Max Height Worked: An accurate reflection of the maximum height spent working at height while carrying out rope access tasks shall be recorded.
Under the heading Supervisor’s Signature: All logbook entries shall be countersigned by the supervising Level 3 rope access technician, who shall log their name (printed clearly), signature and unique IRATA International number.
NOTE: Rope access technicians wishing to upgrade who are unable to provide Level 3 signatures should contact an IRATA training member company prior to booking on a course.
Under the heading Total Hours for This Page: The total hours logged on that page shall be added up and recorded.Under the heading Running Total of Hours Worked:
Hours carried over from the previous page are added to total hours for this page and then recorded.