IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) is a non-profit association which consists of over 650 companies, including Kong. Its aim is to promote and develop a safe rope access system, which it pioneered, to support its member companies and to enable their technicians to work safely and effectively. All companies registered with IRATA must meet specific qualifications to be admitted and undergo regular independent audits to ensure compliance with IRATA requirements in terms of safety, training, work practices and quality assurance.
Companies registered with IRATA include training and/or operating companies. Operational companies are responsible for contracting operations that involve working in elevated positions or confined spaces, using rope access techniques, while training companies offer five-day courses for individual technicians involved in rope access.
Kong is an IRATA certified company and espouses the aims and objectives of the association, which are to promote high standards of safety, quality of work and the continuous improvement of the educational and training aspects of rope access.