Warehouse Evacuation (3)

(+) A. ANCHOR POINT/ ANCHOR FACILITY OR STRUCTURE

Anchor points or structural anchor facilities have to meet the strength requirements related to EN-795(2012).
Static strength test: 12 kN. Keep in mind that a safety factor of 2 is a normal minimal requirement. Manufacturers have all kinds of requirements, varying from 12 kN to 25 kN and incidentally even more.
We advise to use 24 kN as a basic guiding idea for discussing and analyzing strength requirements ( = minimal breaking strength). From there you may apply them to specific cases.
This can have consequences for the choice of anchor systems and also the choice of ppe. For more guidance, please contact us.

For horizontal lifeline systems a safety factor of 2 with regard to the mandatory shock impact calculations is necessary. This implies that stronger structural constructions may be necessary for the safety of the system. In case of questions or doubts: please call for advice.

It is possible to meet requirements with additional measures of the choice of ppe items, or smart, specific constructional measures. But this needs more than just clicking buttons on a website.

(+) B. BODY SUPPORT

Harness:
Basic requirement for any harness is conformity to EN-361.
If you need to do work positioning additional conformity to EN-358 is needed.
Suspension work implies harness conformity to EN-813.
SPECIFIC REMARKS FOR THIS CASE:
FOR EVACUATION ANY HARNESS WITH A FRONTAL ATTACHMENT POINT IS SUFFICIENT. HOWEVER, IF IT IS FORESEEABLE THAT MORE MAY BE NEEDED THAN JUST DESCENDING, A MORE ALL-ROUND HARNESS IS TO BE ADVISED. ONE MAY THINK ABOUT (1) CLIMBING AND (2) RESCUE TASKS. FOR THESE AN ALL-ROUND OR A SUSPENSION HARNESS SHOULD BE ADVISED. FOR THE RELEVANT STANDARDS SEE ABOVE HERE.

(+) C. CONNECTOR

Connecting devices: lanyards, fall arrest blocks, ropes with fall arresters, karabiners, ascenders, descenders, etc..

(+) D. DESCENT or rescue

Rescue of a fallen person:
Basic principle is that a rescue must be done within 15 minutes after a fall. The capacity to perform rescue after a fall is a basic legal responsibility.
Specific remarks for this case: Your choice depends on the level of training that is required to perform an evacuation in your specific situation.

(+) E. EDUCATION

Instruction / training. These are basic legal responsibilities.
SPECIFIC REMARKS FOR THIS CASE:
TRAINING OF EVACUATIONS IS AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT IN ORDER TO ENABLE YOUR ORGANIZATION TO HANDLE THIS SAFELY. IF YOU DO NOT ORGANIZE THIS PROPERLY, DON’T BE SURPRISED IF IT WILL NOT WORK AT THE MOMENT OF URGENCY. WE HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION PERSONNEL AND FACILITIES TO ADVISE AND SUPPORT YOU.

(+) F. FACTS

How to make sure that your safety measures are up to date: Records and documents must be stored adequately, with regard to legal responsibilities and product liability of the manufacturers / suppliers.
Periodical inspection: Anything related to personal fall protection has to be inspected at least 1 x every twelve months.

 
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