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This document describes the method and safety conditions whilst carrying out grease extract riser at:
The objective of this method statement is to ensure that the works specified herein are carried out in a safe, professional and efficient manner.
The managing Director of Shadbolt Rope Access is responsible for the establishment, implementation and maintenance of this document.
The on-site supervisor is responsible to the Managing Director for ensuring that the execution of the project is in compliance with the method statement.
The terms in this document are used in accordance with the definitions given in BS 7985 code of practice for the use of Rope Access methods for industrial purposes.
The following instructions and guidelines are applicable for the carrying out of Industrial Rope Access.
1. Guidelines on the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes Jan 2002 Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)
2. British Standard for the use of Rope Access methods for Industrial Purposes, BS7985.
3. 1998 Lift Operating and Lifting Equipment. Regulations (LOLER)
4. Provision and Use of Working Equipment Regulations ( PUWER)
5. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations -1999
6. Health and Safety at Work -1974
The fundamental principal of Industrial Rope Access is 100% redundancy of attachment. The systems specified will allow for the principal to be fully applied.
Industrial Rope Access requires the application of specialist techniques. They are governed by the documents identified in the "references" section of the proposal. Copies of all references are available for inspection from Shadbolt Rope Access. Ltd.
The latest published figures from IRATA show that in 2009 there were only 4 injuries, per 1million rope access operative hours, that resulted in a 3day loss of work and over an average there were less than 1per million major injuries. This compared to scaffolding whereby an average of 50 people are killed each year in this country alone.
Personnel Qualification Requirements for Rope Access
A minimum of 2 IRATA trained rope access technicians are required for this work, one of which will be competent to supervise the other. They will also be suitably experience to carry out the work required of them. Certification and reference will be required for any new operatives. Operatives are assessed and/or re-assessed to IRATA standard at 3year intervals.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Headgear as appropriate( climbing helmet)
Full body rope harness
Ear defenders(where necessary)
10 minute saver oxygen set
Scott Full Face Respirator with Scott 2000 filter
Operative Work Equipment
Operatives will be issued with a certified Rope Access kit and will be responsible for its maintenance and it's safe,secure and dry storage at the end of the day.
Operatives will ensure that a visual inspection of their personal equipment has been undertaken before the commencement of work each day.
A copy of the operative's equipment certification will be kept on site
Confined Space/Emergency Evacuation Procedure
By virtue of their limited access and regress Shadbolt Rope Access consider internal riser cleaning a confined space activity and therefore specialised rescue procedures apply.
All Shadbolt Rope Access operatives are trained and certified in confined space work.
- Lower Rescue
- Haul Rescue
Due to the limitations in space in riser and ductwork cleaning normal rescue procedures are not possible;therefore for this type of work working lines will be rigged RELEASABLE. This means that in the unlikely event of an emergency, they can be lowered from above by a second operative.( This system requires twice the amount if rope that would usually be required and rather than using than using fixed anchors, the ropes would be rigged through lowering devices and locked off with knots). The casualty would remain in position and enough rope will have been left behind the lowering anchor to release the casualty in situ, through the lowering device from above. The casualty's second/safety line will have been rigged through a backup, free-fall, self-locking device(shunt) and locked off. This system will allow this line to be raised simultaneously, but nit allow it to fall if a problem occurs.
This system requires twice the amount of rope usually required and rather than using fixed anchors, ropes would be rigged through lowering devices and locked off with knots.
Haul Rescue with Winch
The same rigging would allow the casualty to be hauled to the top;using a pulley system, far more easily should this become necessary.
In order for the lowering system to be effective , access and egress panels will be required at the top and bottom of the riser.
This system is one that is taught on the IRATA syllabus and has been practised many times.
Shadbolt Rope Access Ltd have introduced a mechanical winch system to aid hauling in an emergency ( see the media below)
The names of the operatives that will bite attending site to carry out the works are:
- Paul Shadbolt
- Dave Burge
- Dave Cass
- Tom Turner
Prior to the start of works the lead operative will obtain the appropriate works permits or authorisation from the site manager.
Before the commencement of any work the on-site lead operative will conduct a toolbox talk to assess the working strategy and any possible rescue scenarios.
Areas of work will be excluded where there is danger to other personnel.
Shadbolt Rope Access operatives will have a copy of the site specific Method Statement with them during the operation for reference.
For all buildings builds before 2000- site asbestos survey his a legal requirement. The site manager is then required to brief all potentially affected personnel to the location of any asbestos present and ensure thatthe necessary Risk Control Measures are in place and emergency procedures. SRAL will ensure that where applicable the survey has been read and any asbestos present within the building is identified and managed correctly.All SRAL operatives have attended an Asbestos Awareness course.
- Janitol Plus( COSSHH sheet supplied)
- Wire Brushes
- Other (please see below)
Operatives will follow the procedures under " Site Preparation".
Operatives will ensure that the ductwork system that what they are working on has been switched off and ISOLATED
Operatives will ensure that the appropriate exclusions and signage are in place before the commencement of works. Operatives will access the areas using Rope Access techniques . Whilst Rope Access techniques are being used, a minimum of 2 IRATA trained personnel will be in operation and all other BS7985 " Codes of Practice for the Safe Use of Rope Access", regulations will be observed.
Please see section 7. Panel Installation for further details
Riser owned by:
Riser cleaned via:
Operatives must first sign in to the building and/or obtain written authorisation or permit to workOperatives must first sign in to the building and/or obtain written authorisation or permit to work:
Cleaning authorisation sought by:
Shadbolt Rope Access operatives will familiarise themselves with the building and emergency exits prior to the start of any works.
- In Kitchen
- On Roof
Operatives will ensure that the appropriate exclusions and signage are in place before the commencement of works.
Operatives will access areas using Rope Access techniques and ladders. Whilst rope Access techniques are being used, a minimum of two IRATA trained personnel will be in operation and all other BS7985 " Codes of Practice for the Safe Use of Rope Access", regulations will be observed.
When using ladders operatives will ensure that the ladders are footed and/or secured at the top at all times; all other "HSE Safe Use of Ladders" guidelines will be observed.
Keys to be collected from:
All working equipment will be taken to the roof via:
Lighting will be provided by large rechargeable LED lights attached to the side of the riser and by small LED lights attached to the operatives helmet, thus eliminating the necessity of main lighting and associated dangerous cabling. Operatives will carry with them spare lighting, batteries and emergency light sticks also.
Access and Egress.
- Weight Systems
- Other( please see below)
The operatives will ensure that their gas detector is working correctly before commencement of works and will be attached to the lead operative by the way of a lanyard.
One in position and all edge protection has been applied the lead operative will begin descent
Cleaning method /materials
Shadbolt Rope Access Ltd is a B&ES registered company and will be cleaning to TR19 standards.
Once the operatives have completed the job or the work for the day, they will ensure that any debris is removed from the inside the bottom of the riser,
Operatives will then conduct a cloth count to ensure nothing has been left behind in the riser, before giving the all clear for the system to be re-instated.
The operatives will inform the following person before leaving site: