• A permit to work system is a formal written system used to control certain types of work that are potentially hazardous.
  • A permit to work is a document which specifies the work to be done and the precautions to be taken. Permit to work form an essential part of safe systems of work for many maintenance activities. They allow work to start only after safe procedures have been defined and they provide a clear record that all foreseeable hazards have been considered.
  • It sets out the precautions required to complete the work safely, based on a risk assessment. It describes what work will be done and how it will be done; the latter can be detailed in a ‘method statement'.
  • The permit to work requires declarations from the people authorising the work and carrying out the work. Where necessary it requires a declaration from those involved in shift handover procedures or extensions to the work. Finally, before equipment or machinery is put back into service, it will require a declaration from the permit originator that it is ready for normal use.

Covering Topics

  • Tasks That May Require a Permit
  • Permit to Work Systems
  • Issuing a Permit to Work
  • Confined Space Permits
  • Hot Work Permits

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