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1 Utility Rope SECTION: Tools and Equipment ISSUE DATE: REVISED: ##-####

2 Objectives To provide an understanding of the following: –Specifications of rope –Use of rope –Inspection of rope –Washing of rope –Decontamination of rope –Removal of rope from service

3 Specifications 8 mm Rope 75 feet of 8 mm rope Static Kernmantle construction Minimum breaking strength – 3000 lbs Yellow nylon bag One small aluminum carabiner –Rated at 5000 lbs.

4 Specifications ½” Rope 100 feet of ½” rope Static Kernmantle construction Minimum breaking strength – 9000 lbs Yellow nylon bag

5 Use Hoisting tools Securing unstable loads Tying off equipment Securing a perimeter NOT for Life Safety

6 Maintenance Inspect the entire length of rope regardless if the entire length was used –Ensure the rope bag was not contaminated while placed on the ground during use Perform a complete inspection –Visual –Tactile Feel the rope

7 Maintenance While holding slight tension on the rope, inspect the rope for the following: –Abrasion, cuts, or nicks in the outer sheath –Discoloration or glazing of the sheath –Signs or strong smells that indicate contamination by acid, alkaline, oxidizing agent, or petroleum products –Diameter of rope is smaller or larger in one area than the rest of the rope Hour glass shape –Abnormal hard spots or soft spots within the rope

8 Washing Rope Rinse off heavy dirt with a garden hose –May use a soft nylon bristle brush for tougher stains –Double up the rope and “daisy chain” it –Select the gentle cycle and wash rope in a standard or front loading washing machine with Woolite or plain water Do not use the Extractor Do not use Tide Plain water may be used if no cleaner listed is available –Air dry the rope out of direct sunlight

9 Decontamination of Rope Decontamination of blood or body fluids can be handled by using a 10% bleach solution prior to washing the rope

10 Removal of Rope From Service The rope has been visually damaged The rope has been exposed to excessive heat or direct flame impingement The rope has been exposed to liquids, solids, gasses, or vapors known to cause damage to the rope

11 Removal of Rope From Service The rope is extraordinarily stiff in any area The rope feels “mushy” or soft in any area relative to the rest of the rope The rope has inconsistencies in its diameter (hour glass)


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