Asked by: M'Barek Lambarri
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How often should life safety rope be inspected?

Last Updated: 21st May, 2020

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NFPA 1858 also requires "periodic” thorough inspections that depend on how often the rope is used: for instance, if life safety rope is deployed weekly, weekly inspections are appropriate; if it's deployed a few times a month, monthly inspections are adequate (A. 6.2. 1.3 (1)).

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In this regard, how often should ropes be inspected?

At least every 12 months, wire ropes in use on equipment must be inspected by a qualified person in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section (shift inspection).

One may also ask, how do you clean a life safety rope? Dirty ropes can be washed by hand or in a front-loading commercial washing machine using cold or warm water, a gentle cycle, and mild soap. If the rope is excessively dirty, it should be soaked in water first.

Likewise, people ask, how long is life safety rope good for?

10 years

Is life safety rope static or dynamic?

Low elongation (less give) is at the static end of the scale, while a high elongation is termed, generally, as “dynamic.” NFPA 1983 requires life safety rope to have no less than 1% elongation at 10% minimum breaking strength (MBS).

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