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Czech Rope Access Association (CRAA – Česká asociace pro aktivity a práce ve výškách, zs) associates natural and legal persons with interest in following:
a. work and rescue at height
b. health & safety carried out at height
c. development, manufacture, certification, distribution and servicing of fall protection equipment,
d. training and education activities carried out at height (especially work at height, single rope technique and related events)
e. single rope technique, one rope technique and related events
f. use of mountaineering, caving equipment and personal fall protection equipment at work
The main purpose of CRAA is to educate sport and wider pubic so the distinction between sports (leisure) and vocational (occupational) rope access, both referred to as height activities, would be clear.
The Association further sets, maintains and guarantees high-level safety standards within Czech Republic and ensures these are strictly followed.
It also educates members and other person with professional or other interest in height activities.
Another aim of CRAA is to co-operate with public administration and other professionally interested subjects.
The Association also points out at the wrong or incorrect terminology in legal norms, technical standards and other documents related to its aim and work and co-operates with authorities on its correction.
It provides consulting and advice in height activities to its members, wider public and relevant authorities.
Its role is also to create, process and comment on, or correct any education or information materials related to height activities.
Last but not least, the Association observes all alterations in regulations, technical standards and directives of EU related to height activities.
Loopholes, errors in technical standard and insufficient level of standards of foreign associations entering the national market prompted the need to unify standards for height activities. The initiative came under the umbrella of the Czech Speleological Society (CSS), an organization bound with professional rope access. Not only many single rope techniques are fully applicable to industrial rope access and vertical rescue, in the past CSS has also participated on developing technical standards for personal fall protection equipment, commented on emerging legal norms, its members have worked as work at height instructors, hold the instructor license and act as forensic examiners in safety and protection of work at height. Later on, being already an independent subject, the Czech Rope Access Association (CRAA – Česká asociace pro aktivity a práce ve výškách) was founded in 2013 by members of the Committee for single rope technique of the Czech Speleological Society. Highly experienced in rope technique, work at height in different sectors (e.g. construction, power industry, maintenance, manufacture, communications, forestry, arboriculture, rock slope engineering), height and rescue, risk prevention, health & safety, education and height professional training, its lecturers created a unique and complex solution to education of height workers.
The CRAA associates natural and legal persons in the field of work and rescue at height, it also educates interested subjects and participates in creating technical materials.