Window Cleaning Via Rope Access / Abseiling

Window Cleaning Via Rope Access / Abseiling

Rope access for window cleaning is one of the most cost effective ways to keep your building looking pristine all-year round.

On top of that, industrial rope access boasts the best safety record in the UK access industry.


Why opt for rope access:


  • Glazing can be cleaned without the need for expensive cradle equipment, reducing capital build costs and ongoing maintenance
  • Access to windows that would be otherwise impossible
  • Minimal disturbance to building occupants, pedestrians or vehicle traffic flow
  • Better quality of cleaning by bringing the cleaner closer to the windows

Further to the above regulations, the IRATA formed in the UK in the late 1980 ’s. And now, Rope Access associations: IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) and SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) are responsible for regulating the industry.
“The rope access technique developed from IRATA is used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work.
Rope access methodology boasts an unrivalled safety record, short set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and removes the need for invasive access equipment or disruption to a worksite.” 
The IRATA is in charge of conducting an annual analysis of safety and work in rope access. IRATA have compulsory policies where member companies must register all accidents, incidents and even near misses for evaluation.

IRATA Safety Standards


The rope access industry must ensure that:


  • During rope access, the technician always has at least two attachments, each having an independent anchorage point.
  • There are regular inspection and maintenance of equipment.
  • All tools attach to lanyards on the technician’s harness to prevent danger to people below.
  • Each rope has a foolproof descent apparatus.
  • There are Independent assessments for each technician.
  • A minimum of two trained technicians for any job, each with the ability to handle any accident the other might face.
  • The use of carefully detailed codes of practice and working systems are present.

The critical safety standard is that there is never just one technician on the job. A minimum of two workers is essential to ensure that each person has a lookout for fear of any potential safety threats. Without this practise in place, there is a massive cause for concern if an accident occurs.

IRATA provides three levels of certified training. They make sure that each rope access worker knows how to behave or react accordingly when they are working at a height.

Looking to contact a working at height specialist?

We strongly recommend that you select us, as we are a company with IRATA affiliations.