Books: ProGuides: Rope Access and Rescue

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UK Edition ISBN 978-0-9560784-6-9
RRP £ 21.95

ProGuide Rope Access and Rescue

Our new Rope Access and Rescue ProGuide is designed for industrial rope access technicians working under ISO 22846 and/or BS 7985. It covers legal duties, equipment standards, risk management, standard techniques and rigging, plus complete detail on improvised (colleague) rescue and more advanced access and rescue techniques, such as tripods, stretcher hauling and highlines.

This book is for workers operating under UK legislation only and is not suitable for use with other frameworks (ANSI-OSHA, CSA, etc.). Editions for other territories are planned in future, subject to demand.

  • ISO 22846 is an international standard for industrial rope access, and the training programs and policies of Irata, FISAT, SPRAT, etc. align with it.
  • BS 7985 is the UK-only Code of Practice, now also aligned with ISO 22846 but going into more detail about legal requirements and equipment standards.
  • Working to either standard is optional in law, but often required by company policy, contract terms or insurers.

Each A6-size coil-bound ProGuide is printed on 100% waterproof paper, which can be repeatedly soaked, washed, scrubbed and sanitized without damage. Unlike many other 'waterproof' notebooks, ProGuide paper is produced from polymer film - it can be written on, is resistant to tearing, and will not stick together even after months in a damp pocket. The latest printing technology creates crystal-clear text and graphics that won't fade, scratch or wear away, no matter how much you try.

Professional rope access workers operating in the UK under BS 7985 or ISO 22846 should use this book.

Emergency services, rescue teams and those working outside the UK should use ProGuide Line Operations.

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Legal Duties

  • Codes of Practice


  • Falling objects
  • Fragile surfaces
  • Working over water
  • RF antennas
  • Pylons and masts
  • Confined spaces
  • Cutting and power tools
  • Weather


  • Harnesses
  • Fall arrest lanyards
  • Cowstails & polestraps
  • Descenders
  • Ascenders (rope clamps)
  • Backup devices (mobile fall arresters)
  • Connectors
  • Rope
  • Webbing and slings (mode factors)
  • Pulleys
  • Rope protection
  • Rigging plates
  • Helmets
  • Anchor point selection
  • Structural and ground anchors
  • Installed anchor devices (EN 795)
  • Installed fall arresters (EN353 / EN360)


  • Figure 8 and Figure 9 loop
  • Alpine butterfly knot
  • Bunny (double figure 8)
  • Barrel knot
  • Post (tensionless) hitch
  • Double fisherman's bend
  • Autoblock (prusik) knots
  • Y-hangs
  • Loads on bridles and deviations
  • Force triangle sketches
  • A-block progress capture
  • Pulley systems
  • Powered ascenders
  • Jiggers and inchworms


  • Fall restraint
  • Fall factors and lead climbing
  • Temporary lifeline systems
  • Safe work at height checklist
  • Rope access standard procedures
  • Aid climbing, underslinging, bolting


  • Rope rescue rules and principles
  • Improvised rescues
  • Colleague rescues
  • Stretcher rigging
  • Shaft entry & headframes
  • Leading edges
  • Tag lines & cableways
  • Highline traverses


  • Equipment care
  • Metric/Imperial converter
  • Rear measurement scale


What standards and equipment does the ProGuide refer to?
We avoid brand-specific naming, and refer to equipment via BS/EN standards and generic design features. The legal pages refer to UK laws (e.g. Work at Height Regulations and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations). Rope access techniques all comply with ISO 22846 as applicable (neither BS 7985 nor ISO 22846 has much to say about rescue loads).
Why should I buy this instead of Line Operations?
To some extent it is personal choice. Rope Access and Rescue is aimed squarely at industrial rope access; it has much more content about personal rope progression and rescue techniques, legal duties, rigging, etc. whereas Line Operations is more wide ranging, covering "basic" work at height (fall arrest etc.) and team-based activities carried out by Fire and Rescue service teams, but it does not cover the detailed ISO 22846 Safe System of Work or legal workplace duties.
Is the ProGuide a teach-yourself book?
No - it's a field reference for use by people who have been trained or are undergoing training, but does not constitute a training manual in isolation. To be legally competent all workers must have extensive practical instruction. Certification by trade bodies (Irata, FISAT, etc.) can only be obtained after passing a course with an accredited training provider. This book is not sponsored or endorsed by a trade body or manufacturer.
Can we have our company name or logo on the front cover?
Yes, but subject to minimum quantities or a small per-order setup fee. Contact us for details, describing how many you're looking to purchase and we'll explain the process and how to submit your logo artwork for printing. Typically, branded books will take 10-14 days to produce and ship - standard copies normally ship within one working day.

If you have any other questions, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!