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May 24, 2021

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unguarded edges

Created following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unguarded edges

Created following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Select the most appropriate work at height equipment for the activities and hazards identified

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Hazard - Unguarded edges

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Make appropriate equipment available to prevent personnel falling from unguarded edges

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Select the most appropriate PPE and other equipment for the hazards and activities identified when working near unguarded edges

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Make appropriate work equipment available to prevent personnel falling from unguarded edges

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Hazard - Unguarded edges

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by Steering Group 04/05/2021


July 31, 2020

Tactical Action - Consider appointing a safety officer to assist with maintaining the health and safety of people within their sector


July 28, 2020

Strategic Action - Identify suitably competent personnel who can be appointed as safety officers or safety sector commanders


July 06, 2020

Control measure - Use appropriate work equipment

Prior changed to before - grammatical inaccuracy Approved by M Hodges


July 03, 2020

Tactical Action - Carry out a roll call of personnel at the scene following an emergency evacuation of responders

Tactical Action - Establish an appropriate muster point and communicate its location to all personnel, and other responders if present

Tactical Action - Appoint suitably competent personnel at safety officers


December 11, 2018

Tactical Action - Communicate the tactical withdrawal and emergency evacuation arrangements to all personnel

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 04-10-16

Tactical Action - Commit only minimum number of essential personnel to hazard area

Tactical action agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17


June 15, 2018

Control measure - Use appropriate work equipment

Minor amendment - incorrect use of hyphen amended


June 12, 2018

Hazard - Unguarded edges

Rewording of sentence

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Non-fire changed to 'non-fire and rescue services'

Control measure - Use a secondary system or build in redundancy

Hyphen removed from 'pre-determined'


March 21, 2018

Control measure - Use appropriate work equipment


March 20, 2018

Tactical Action - ARCHIVED Use ladders for short duration tasks and request other equipment (e.g. aerial appliances) for longer-term activities

See tactical action 13320 Use ladders for short duration tasks and request other equipment (e.g. aerial appliance) for other activities - SUB

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Tactical actions updated to reflect all incidents scenario

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Tactical actions updated to reflect all incidents scenario

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Tactical actions updated to reflect all incidents scenario

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Training Specification link established


March 19, 2018

Control measure - Use a secondary system or build in redundancy

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Training Specification link established


February 28, 2018

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Training Specification link established


February 20, 2018

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Training Specification link established


November 02, 2017

Control measure - Use appropriate work equipment

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 08-06-17


October 27, 2017

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17


October 04, 2017

Tactical Action - Record the activities of other organisations, including location of personnel, vehicles or equipment

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17


October 03, 2017

Tactical Action - Ensure that effective supervision of operational activity is maintained until the conclusion of the incident

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 04-10-16

Tactical Action - Ensure that the location of crews is accurately reported and recorded

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17


October 02, 2017

Tactical Action - Use ladders for short duration tasks and request other equipment (e.g. aerial appliance) for other activities

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 08-06-17

Tactical Action - Use appropriate collective and personal fall protection

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 08-06-17

Tactical Action - Use any work equipment or safety device provided in accordance with training and instructions

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 08-06-17


September 29, 2017

Tactical Action - Communicate emergency evacuation signal and muster point arrangements to all personnel

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 31-08-17

Tactical Action - Identify the need to evacuate and develop a strategy in liaison with partner agencies

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 04-10-16


September 28, 2017

Tactical Action - Review situational awareness following an emergency evacuation or tactical withdrawal

Wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 04-10-16

Tactical Action - Commit only minimum number of essential personnel to hazard area

Tactical action agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17


September 15, 2017

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Adding Training Specification toggle.

Control measure - Incident ground safety management

Adding Training Specification toggle.

Tactical Action - Instigate a safety sector at large or complex incidents under the control of a safety sector commander

Added learning points

Tactical Action - Establish and communicate the emergency evacuation and tactical withdrawal plan to everyone on the incident ground

Tactical Action - Ensure that everyone on the incident ground is fully briefed on the current hazards, specific risks ...

Added learning points

Tactical Action - Ensure there has been a roll call of fire service and all other personnel at the scene following an emergency evacuation