A Permit to Work (PTW) systems are often found in high-risk industries (like construction and oil and gas), to ensure that formal validation and authority is given when hazardous work is to be undertaken. This permit is different from risk assessment and method statements due to the nature of its use – controlling high-risk activities, and is usually issued by a manager or a supervisor.

It allows a person or group of people to carry out a task, under strict controls – at a specific time and place, providing that the procedures detailed in the permit and any referenced documents are followed.

It ensures that all components of a Safe System of Work are established before high risk work commences, thereby controlling and reducing risk to individuals and the organization.

The Permit to Work is also a means of communication and control between Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Contractors, and those carrying out the Hazardous work.

Because of this, effective Permit to Work training is crucial for working safely when involved in high-risk activities.

General Principles

The following aspects are usually considered with respect to Permit to Work Systems:

  • Human factors;
  • Management of the work permit systems;
  • Poorly skilled workforce;
  • Unconscious and conscious incompetence;
  • Objectives of the work permit system;
  • Types of work permits required; and
  • Contents of the work permits.

To learn more on how you can get certified to issue permits, you should take the Occupation and Safety Health diploma Course at OAK Interlink.

Who Should Take the Permit To Work Course at OAK Interlink?

The course is aimed at the following personnel:

  • Those responsible for implementing Permit to Work systems
  • New employees selected by the organization for issuing and signing off Permits to Work
  • Existing personnel in the organization who issue and sign off Permits that require formal training

What to look out for in the Permit to Work Training

  • Introduction to Health and Safety at Work 
  • Essentials of Management of Health and Safety at Work 
  • Safe systems of work
  • The necessity, principles, and purpose of permits to work, including high-risk activities such as working in confined spaces
  • The typical contents of a permit to work – Basic permit concepts – isolation, handover, supervision, suspension, display
  • The function and role of a permit to work within the overall risk control and risk management framework
  • The procedure for issuing a permit to work
  • The cessation and termination of a permit
  • The responsibilities of the issuer and receiver of the permit
  • Potential difficulties and solutions with the permit to work system
  • Managing multiple permits
  • Generic and specific permits
  • Typical permit problems
  • The issuing authorities role
  • Types of permit

By the end of the Permit to Work course, participants will have a detailed awareness and understanding of:

  • The necessity for Permits to Work, including high-risk activities
  • The function and role of a Permit to Work within the overall risk control framework
  • The typical contents of a Permit to Work
  • The procedure for issuing a Permit to Work
  • The cessation and termination of a Permit
  • The responsibilities of the issuer and receiver of the Permit
  • Potential difficulties and solutions with the Permit to Work system

This training course can be tailored to include details of your company-specific Permit to Work system. In this case, our Health and Safety consultants will require details of your system and sample forms for inclusion prior to the course.

 

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