Developing an Effective Permit to Work System

Best Practice Guide

An introductory guide for originators, issuing and performing authorities, permit users, and authorizers

Involved in hazardous operations and other forms of non-routine work? Then you understand the need to implement stringent, work risk controls that go above and beyond safe work protocols for routine jobs. Indeed, statutory requirements in your work jurisdiction are probably pushing you toward taking formalized steps to mitigate the manifold work health and safety risks associated with dangerous jobs.

An essential (and often legally mandated) feature of control of work, the permit to work process represents one of those concrete steps stakeholders can (and should) take to control work deemed potentially hazardous, specifically high-risk operations that fall under the following categories:

  • Work within confined spaces
  • Work at height
  • Work involving the use of hazardous/dangerous substances
  • Work where heat may be used or generated
  • Work which may generate sparks or other sources of ignition
  • Work which may involve breaking containment of a flammable, toxic, or other dangerous substance and/or pressure system
  • Work on high voltage electrical equipment
  • Well work
  • Diving
  • Pressure testing
  • Any operation requiring additional precautions or personal protective equipment

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