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ROPE Theory: Rest, Observation, Planning and Empowerment

Who should attend

Relevant for anyone that would like to learn more about how fatigue management, supervision, pre-planning and worker empowerment can be better used in different industries to improve safety performance


The ROPE model was launched in the November 2022 IOSH magazine. Co-author Sarah Valentine will introduce the theory in more detail during the session.

Humans learn best by story. But stories have to be built on fact to have substance.

Eversheds Sutherland’s EHS team has spent the last 12 months constructing a new model to explain some safety fundamentals; the importance of which is often overlooked. Using the backdrop of a well-known failed Everest ascent as the context, the elements of ROPE are articulated. The difficulties faced by climbers of the world’s tallest mountain, including tiredness, chain of command and observed behaviour are framed as relevant considerations for a work environment.

We are keen for the session to be as interactive as possible and encourage you to ask questions throughout the session - either in person at our Leeds office or online.


10:30 AM

Registration and networking (in-person only)

11:00 AM

Event commences 

12:00 PM

Lunch (in-person only)


Paul Verrico
Head of Global EHS, Eversheds Sutherland

Sarah Valentine
Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland

Cost: Free

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10:30 - 13:00 (Local time)

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