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Industrial rope access in New Zealand: Best practice guidelines

May 2012

The Best Practice Guidelines for Industrial Rope Access in New Zealand have been designed to provide best practice advice for safe rope access techniques, the design installation and certification of permanent anchors and anchor systems, and the selection and maintenance of rope access equipment.

The guidelines apply to all employers, employees and the self-employed engaging in rope access work, as well as to people who contract or commission rope access work.

Please note: these guidelines do not apply to the following situations or industries:

  • fall arrest, where the rope and harness is not an integral part of the work (but is used to prevent someone from falling)
  • recreational climbing
  • arboriculture
  • emergency services.


The guidelines emphasise the importance of planning rope access work with safety always in mind, prior to the work commencing (section 3). A range of safety forms have been included in the guideline to assist with safety planning (appendix 1). In addition, the guidelines provide key information on the safe use of rope access equipment, including anchor systems (section 5), safe working methods (section 6) and emergencies/rescue (section 7).

These guidelines have been prepared by the Industrial Rope Access Association of New Zealand (IRAANZ) and endorsed by the Department of Labour.

Contact details for the Industrial Rope Access Association of New Zealand:
PO Box 31067
Lower Hutt
Wellington 5040
Phone: 04 589 0253



Last updated 28 June 2013


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.