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  • The following Tool box Talk (TbT) details the withdrawal from HS the RSL block. The replacement equipment is the 5m rope/rope grab using the same procedure/brief for when the RSL is not long enough. This equipment is already in use within HS and it will take over from the RSL on the following procedures where required:
    1. Flat roof working.
    2. Dormer roof working.

Why is the RSL been withdrawn from use?

  • The reason for the withdrawing of the RSL is that it has limited effectiveness when providing working at height protection. The HSE hierarchy of Working at Height (WaH) states that if we cannot avoid working at height then we should follow the hierarchy below:
    1. Work/Fall restraint - Prevents the user from entering a fall zone.
    2. Work position - The user is suspended at height with the appropriate WaH PPE.
    3. Fall arrest - The user is in a fall zone and the equipment reacts and arrests the user.
    The rope and rope grab are a Work/Fall Restraint system where as the RSL is a Fall Arrest system.
    Note: A Fall Arrest system requires a rescue plan to be in place in the event of an incident.
    iKnow2 will be amended to reflect the withdrawal of the RSL from Flat and Dormer roof access shortly.

General use of the equipment

  • As previously stated the 5 metre rope & rope grab is already a procedure to use when the RSL is not suitable. Whenever using the rope system a 20mm eyebolt should be installed as the anchor point provision. A knot MUST be tied at a point which will prevent you from physically reaching the unprotected edge. This will act as a safety feature by not allowing the rope grab to go beyond that fixed point.

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  • If there is any doubt in either setting up or using the rope restraint system your TM should be consulted in the first instance. If further advice is required contact your H&S Advisor.

Briefing delivered by

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Confirmation of understanding

  • Can you confirm that you understand and will comply with the information in this brief.

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  • I can confirm that I have been given the TbT. However, I do not fully understand and require further coaching in the following areas:-

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