RP&G Guidance Documents – What are They, and Why Does AWRF Produce Them?

The AWRF Technical Committee has been hard at work over these past years generating guidance documents to help rigging shops manage risk. Risk within a rigging shop comes in many forms, both in the products we sell and also how they are made. Ensuring that “industry best practices” are followed is more important now than ever before. 

These documents called Recommended Guidelines and Practices, help fill in the gaps or clarify topics that may be vaguely covered (or not covered at all) by industry standards. To date, the Technical Committee has generated RP&G documents on topics like proof testing of wire rope and chain slings, operation of test beds and swagers, and proof testing of manual chain hoists and lift magnets. RP&G’s are carefully compiled by sub-committees within the Technical committee, which are made up of industry experts in that particular field. They are then reviewed and approved by the full Technical Committee before being presented to the Board of Directors for approval, and finally brought to the full membership for final vote. 

Most recently the Technical Committee and Board of Directors approved the RP&G for Rigging Shop Operation, which will serve as the baseline for the voluntary audit program that will be conducted by LEEA and will begin later this year. This program will further differentiate participating AWRF member companies in the marketplace, and add more value to being an AWRF member! If you’d like more information on this program, just contact the AWRF office or ask anyone on the Technical Committee or Board of Directors. 

All AWRF members are encouraged to become familiar with these RP&G documents, as they were created and intended to help rigging shops manage risk and liability. All RP&G documents are available for download via the members only section of the AWRF website. RP&G documents are just another value added benefit of being an AWRF member company. 

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