Everything you need to know to keep your rope working as hard as you.
In order to ensure the proper functioning of the rope, hazards that may affect the performance of the rope and corresponding safety precautions have to be observed.
It is imperative that the rope does not come into contact with chemical reagents. Particular care needs to be taken when working in the presence of acids, oxidizing agents, oils, and/or petrol. Though the rope is generally resistant to most solvents, a pre-use tensile strength test should be carried out if they come in contact with any chemical reagent. Proper rope care can prolong the life of your rope and keep you safe when it matters.
The following precautions are to be taken into account when dealing with specific hazards:
The rope is to be stored in a clean, dry place at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, chemicals, petroleum-based products and other liquids. Rope should be exposed to air; not sealed in containers.
The average lifetime of the rope depends on the frequency of use:
- Intensive: 3 months – 1 year
- Weekly: 2 – 3 years
- Occasional: 5 years
Apart from the visible effects on lifetime (such as cuts, scratches, abrasion and extreme heat exposure, amongst others), there are various invisible effects. These effects include:
- Tensional Fatigue
- Bending Fatigue
- Compressional Fatigue
- UV Exposure
- Water Exposure