This guide covers procedures to assist in the management and
care of kernmantle nylon, polyester, or nylon/ polyester, or both
kernmantle ropes by rescue personnel.
This guide provides information intended to assist qualified,
experienced personnel in establishing procedures for determining
whether a rope should be placed into or returned to service. Such
procedures may be used to assist in determining serviceability of
used rescue ropes. Other factors which may not be included in this
guide may also need to be considered when evaluating ropes.
NOTE 1—Interpretation of the terms "qualified" and "experienced"
when referring to individuals inspecting ropes may be debatable.
Because rope evaluation is a subjective practice, it is in the best
interest of the user to clearly define the needs of the user, and
then to train personnel according to those needs. Needs and
priorities may vary greatly between users.
A rope which has been used in any manner should not be returned
to service without first undergoing a thorough inspection to
include rope log review, visual inspection, and tactile
It is the responsibility of the user to understand that
evaluation of a used rope is a subjective process. Due to the
strength and longevity of kernmantle ropes presently used in rescue
operations, it is perfectly reasonable, and even advisable, for
these ropes to be reused on future operations unless the rope is
physically compromised in some way. If the user chooses to reuse
ropes, then the user should also establish specific guidelines,
including and possibly in addition to those set forth in this
guide, and provide training for personnel who will be responsible
for examination of ropes.
This standard does not imply approval of any specific type
of rescue rope, nor does it purport to ensure the ability of any
rope to function as desired. The information included here is not
to be considered the only criteria for evaluating the
serviceability of rescue rope.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety
concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility
of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and
health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory
limitations prior to use.
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