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Permit to Work System Failure Training

Course Name: How a Permit to Work System Can Fail

Course Duration: 35+ minutes

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How a Permit to Work System Can Fail

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This online course on how a permit to work (PTW) systems can fail explores multiple real-life case studies where many workers lost their lives due to a deficiency in work systems. The course highlights common failures, such as the failure to follow the PTW systems, and introduces several practical measures to promote an effective approach.

A permit to work system does not mean that a job is safe and can undertake it without further thought. To be effective, workers got to know their role, be competent to carry it out, follow the system every time, remain vigilant. Anything less than this could cost lives – including workers and the common public.

Why This Online Course on Permit to Work System is Vital

Despite great strides to improve workplace health and safety, an estimated 317 million non-fatal injuries while 321,000 fatal injuries occur each year in the workplace globally.

Using permits to work for high-risk jobs can help minimise the risk of injuries and accidents at work and help businesses comply with the law.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires business owners to provide adequate safe systems of work as a part of their legal duty for ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of employees at work.

Although there are many safe work systems, the permit to work is designed to manage work activities where the risk factor is high. The consequences of failing to control these risks can result in severe injuries and accidents.

Course Objectives

This online training course aims to give an understanding of how a permit to work can fail and how workers’ commitment to this system is vital to making them effective.


This online training course is a basic awareness course and requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification requirement

Course Content of Training on How a Permit to Work System can Fail

The trainees will explore the following sections in this work permit online course:

  • Case Study 1 – Electrician Accident
  • Case Study 2 – Fire in Storage Still
  • Case Study 3 – Piper Alpha Accident
  • Case Study 4 – Oil Rig Welding Accident
  • Your Role in Making Permit to Work System Effective – Part 1
  • Your Role in Making Permit to Work System Effective – Part 2

Who Should Take This Permit to Work System Training?

This health and safety online training is created for workers who need to work under a PTW system. The course is beneficial for everyone who carries high-risk work such as asbestos workworking in confined spacesworking at heighthot works, and more.

Learning Outcomes of This Permit to Work System Failure Online Course

The trainees will learn the following aspects of permit to work system failure by the end of the course:

  • Real-life case studies where workers have lost lives
  • The purpose of a permit to work system
  • Common reasons behind the permit to work systems failure
  • Ways this system is vital to working effectively

Benefits of This Permit to Work Online Training Course

The benefits to employers and workers from this online course are as follows:

Employer Benefits

  • Reduces the risk of injuries and accidents while working in a high-risk environment
  • Improves health and safety culture
  • Compliant with relevant health and safety legislation
  • Saves organisation’s cost on accidents

Employee Benefits

  • Helps workers to understand how a permit to work system operates
  • Allows trainees to understand various reasons behind permit to work systems failure
  • Gain an understanding of responsibilities in making permit to work systems effective

Why Choose Human Focus Safe Work Permits Online Course?

Human Focus e-learning course about a work permit is:

  • IIRSM approved
  • Video-based
  • No hidden costs
  • Compliant with health and safety law
  • Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
  • Easy tracking of training records
  • Self-paced
  • Runs on any device with an internet connection

Course Format

Format: 100% online

Course length:  35+ Minutes

  • Single – module
  • Mini-quizzes after each section
  • Knowledge test at the end of the training

Knowledge Test 

The knowledge test is a pass or fail assessment. Trainees are given two attempts to score a passing mark of 80%.


On completion of this permit to work online system course, trainees will receive a IIRSM approved e-certificate. E-certificates are sent via registered email in PDF format and can be downloaded.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is entry in a confined space covered by a permit to work systems?

Yes. The confined space regulations 1997 states that work in confined spaces should only be practically carried out if a safe work system is in place. In addition to this, there should be suitable safety arrangements for the emergency evacuation of workers from confined spaces.  It is not a specific regulation requirement, but it is implicit that some permit to work should be existed as per the approved code of practise to the confined spaces regulations 1997.

What roles should be allocated in a permit to work system?

The business owner must appoint at least one authorised person who issues the permit to work authorisation. This person must enforce access to the work system following the organisation’s policy. He should be aware of possible hazards and risks involved in the work activity to be carried out under permit.

The authorised person issues the permit to work to the responsible person. This responsible person is either the person who supervises the work activity or the person who is doing the work.

What safety precautions are needed before starting working in high-risk working conditions?

Before commencing work, you should adopt the following general principles, where they are applicable:

  • Electrical and mechanical isolation of the power plants
  • Isolation of the machine and equipment area
  • Locking off of water, steam, acid, solvent supplies
  • Erection of scaffolding
  • Provision of temporary guards or equipment to make the job safe

Is a permit to work and a safe system of work the same thing?

No. Permit to work systems and safe systems of work are different. Where proposed work is identified as high risk, strict controls are necessary. The work has to be carried out against previously agreed procedures, known as a ‘permit-to-work’ system. Permit-to-work is a documented procedure which authorises certain individuals to carry out work within a certain time frame

A safe system of work is a way of doing work that eliminates hazards, controls others, and aims to achieve the completion minimising risk.

What kind of works requires the permit to work software systems?

Usually, high-risk working environments require the permit to work systems to minimise the risk of injuries and accidents while working. This includes:

Product Details

Study length35+ minutes
Approval bodyIIRSM approved
Target AudienceAll staff members – awareness
FormatOne interactive module with an end of course test
AssessmentOnline multiple-choice test
CertificationOnline certificate issued immediately on course completion

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