rhs Consulting


Level 1 N G House, 214 Madras Street  P O Box 17 615 Christchurch New Zealand E Mail info@rhsconsulting .co.nz

Ph: 03 377 3521 Fax 03 377 3520 Mob  0274 373 806 www.rhsconsulting.co.nz


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for industrial 
Setting your rope right.
Before you start a task, make sure that the rope is placed correctly so that it is at the strongest part of a connector. If you look carefully you will see that the kN rating for the connectors is always strongest vertically loaded.  The correct place to have the rope in a connector is loaded at the bottom. 
Never  have  rope side loaded on connecters. This is the weakest part and can also lead to roll out. Adjust the rope to sit streamlined.    
Text Box: A warm welcome from the Managing Director
As Industrial Height Safety and Confined Space Trainers, we have built a solid reputation over the years in the H & S Industry. We are highly regarded by  those companies wanting  in - house training. rhs courses are often matched to a clients parent company international standards.  This can be especially useful when our clients projects take them  overseas, where training standards must meet those required in other countries. 
Research & Development.  Because our training  is very client specific we are fussy about making sure our training applies to  your workplace. We research your current procedures for your on sitework. Then we research your systems and culture, building all these elements into the training course. 
Participants. Over the years we have trained literally hundreds of people. Many still contact us for project advice.. Participants will gain a pass on a rhs course only when we are completely confident that a participant can carry out procedures in absolute safety. 
Text Box: Our clients. We are extremely proud of our blue chip client base. To  view our testimonials www.rhsconsulting.co.nz
Global. We are very  pleased to announce that rhs rescue systems have been adopted worldwide for clients with global operations. 
Our service. We  enjoy the interaction we have with our clients. Many say we are a pleasure to deal with! 
Within 24 hours of  training your Employees we send your latest participant records,so you  never have to worry about waiting for information about who has been trained. This allows you to green light a project quickly. 
Because we charge a flat daily rate for training,  you know exactly what the cost will be. This makes it easy to budget for your training costs. 
rhs is based in CBD  Christchurch - We are team of four, each with a solid background in training Height Safety. 
A very warm welcome to all our clients..
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Level 1 N G House, 214 Madras Street  P O Box 17 615 Christchurch New Zealand E Mail info@rhsconsulting .co.nz
Ph: 03 377 3521 Fax 03 377 3520 Mob  0274 373 806 www.rhsconsulting.co.nz
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Best practice: Use steel trip lock connectors (karabiners) on site for industrial workplaces. They last a lot longer than alloy in an industrial setting.  Grunty beasts, admittedly they are heavier than alloy but they are  good for worksites where the weight of equipment is not so important.  Steel connectors are usually rated between 35kN to 60kN. 

Text Box: Why Mission Impossible is… well,  impossible.
Remember all those great scenes in the  Mission Impossible films where Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) plunges to earth  at the speed of sound from a multi story building, attached to some wires and a harness, only to stop in a  nanosecond a fraction from the ground.  Naturally not too many people in the audience are thinking about  the  actual physics behind such a feat and the forces of energy generated when a 75kg body pulls up rapidly. Which is a good thing not to dwell on.
Of course for those of you who know about G forces, Toms falling feats are a bit of a laugh and still very cool, and are utterly impossible to do in real life 
Which is why we use kNs
Even when wearing a harness, the forces on the body when pulling up that fast are too massive.
That’s because the forces generated are too great for the human body to deal with.  kN (Kilonewtons) are  the measurement used to determine the force of energy created when something drops.  This is measured at one tonne per metric metre per second/ per second.  And accelerating with gravity. If you  have been on our height safety courses will know this inside out.
You will see kN ratings for your  all your height safety equipment. This tells you how many  kNs each piece of equipment is rated for.  For example we know that a single point anchor must be rated to 15kN, a two man anchor is rated to 21kN and a SAM 1 horizontal life line to 44kN. Your connectors will have ratings of between 35kN to 60 kN and lanyards carry a breaking strength of at least 15kN.    For the purposes of training we say that 1kN is equivalent to approx 100 kilograms 
Absorbing it all
So what forces can mere mortals cope with?  Not as much as you think!  The human body (including Tom Cruise) is estimated to be able to withstand an absolute maximum force of 6kN. This would still hurt like hell, that’s 1.6 tonnes remember!  And only if the person is in good health and not too heavy.   All of which explains why you will (and must) have an energy absorber on your lanyard attachment.  So that in the event of an unplanned fall, your energy absorber will activate ( by ripping open ) and therefore reduce the amount of force generated (kN) when you pull up sharp on  the end of your lanyard. Of course if your gear is set up right you should be in fall restraint anyway.   
Upside on the unrealistic 
Back to the MI films….well a lot of very serious people were quite upset by the silliness of  the climbing /falling/ scenes. We didn't mind them.  It is the entertainment industry after all.   Here’s what the production crew of the Mission Impossible films had to say to those critics.
‘ So what about the fact that nobody really climbs like that? Don't tell Earl, he knows already. 
"Of course we're being chided by climbers for not having a realistic climbing sequence. What climbers don't realize is that climbing is not a very exciting spectator sport, and nothing is more boring on film. The sequence as it is shown is exciting for the audience and sets the stage for Tom's character for the film. Also, nothing else is believable in the film so why should the climbing be? It achieves the goal of making Ethan Hunt look study, gives the audience a sense of danger and provides great vistas for the revealing of the mission. As Anthony Hopkin's character puts it, 'This isn't mission difficult, it's mission impossible.'’  Good on ya Tom.
* Win a Mission Impossible III DVD!  Yes, we are giving away a DVD of MI III. Tell us what the kN rating is on your energy absorber and lanyard.. E mail your answer to info@rhsconsulting.co.nz with your details.

Height Safety

Refresher - 1 day

(pre req prior training)


Safe Working at Height -2 days


Height  Rescue - 1 day (pre req prior training)


Safety Coordinator – 2 days


Industrial Rope Access – 5 days


Plan a Confined Space Entry plus Gas Detection –2 days


We welcome all enquiries  info@rhsconsulting.co.nz

or phone Valerie on 03 377 3521



On site consultancy

Friendly & independent.

We help you with your current systems and carry out an independent audit on your request. We also design emergency plans and rescue systems for your industrial workplace.

We are happy to work with your employees to get the most practical, workable methods to work safely.  We listen to what  your teams have to say...,