SOFT – Cooperative body for rope access

SOFT is a neutral and independent membership organization whose purpose is to promote safety and quality in performing rope access in particular, and work at height in general. SOFT has less than 30 member companies.

SOFT has been part of developing the national standard for rope access «NS 9600 – Work in rope», and to ensure the certification scheme SOFT has establiched a certification body – Soft Sertifisering.As

SOFT will work to promote Norwegian interests in the European standardization organization CEN and promote increased cooperation with international organizations, including the ECRA - European Commity for Rope Access. 

SOFT was founded 20 january 2000. 


Falce courseproviders

FISAT and IRATA are receiving many enquiries about the validity of unofficial websites and Uniform Resource Locators (URL) that are offering rope access training, or pointing to websites that offer unofficial rope access training. In many cases, this is resulting in training candidates being misled into paying large sums of money for training that is not recognised by IRATA or FISAT.

We are not familiar of that this also applies to Soft Sertifisering, but we wish to help safeguard against these attempts to mislead candidates, together with the other leading European based rope access training providers. So we have combined forces to inform candidates seeking rope access training to be aware of the information provided on these unofficial platforms. 
If you are seeking official FISAT, IRATA, Anetva or Soft Sertifisering rope access training, only use the following websites to verify that the organisation offering you rope access training, is an official training provider:

If you locate any domains or organisations that are offering unofficial ANETVA, IRATA, SOFT Sertifisering or FISAT rope access training, please report this to the appropriate organisation.
Thank you for your co-operation.
ANETVA, IRATA, SOFT and FISAT working together for the benefit of the rope access community

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Safety report 2017

SOFT safety reports focus on near misses, incidents and accidents that have occurred within a given period.

We have decided to extend this document to also comment on other trends in Rope Access. A few of our members have been asking for more statistics covering other areas in the trade.

These reports are intended to be publicly available and contributing to learning, with the aim of keeping individual operators as safe as possible in their daily work. However, the information contained in our safety reports will also be useful for other HSE personnel. Also, we will try to describe trends to better understand underlying causes.

The material is taken from incidents reported in CertaSoft and other reports received during the year. 

Read the full report here: Safety report 2017

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