What Everyone Needs to Know About Permits to Work

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Permit to Work e-Learning Course

A permit to work system is a standard method of ensuring compliance with agreed work arrangements. It does far more than simply providing permission to carry out a potentially dangerous job. It is an integral part of a system that determines how the job is to be safely carried out and helps to communicate this to all concerned.

This course explains the purpose of permits to work and the type of high risk that may require them. It contains vital information that anyone operating a permit to work system must be aware of and supports meeting legal requirements to provide sufficient training on this process.

Permit to Work Courses Offered by Human Focus

Human Focus is offering the following e-learning courses under the permit to work toolkit:

Why this Course on Permit to Work is Vital

Permits to work are vital for high-risk activities and those that may compromise existing safety procedures. Types of work that may require a permit to work system include electrical, hot work, certain lifting operations, work at height, and confined space work activities. These all are tasks that require work permits to ensure the job is completed.

If you work in an industry that is high risk or involves these types of work, then it’s crucial that everyone understands the permit to work process and how it works.

Poorly managed work tasks or activities often lead to potential fatalities if there is an accident. have been accidents involving maintenance and construction jobs that result from a failure of work permit systems, according to research.

As an employer or a manager managing, it also a legal responsibility to ensure permit to work systems are in place where required and adequate training has been provided.

Objectives of this Permit to Work Training Course

The objectives of this online course are to make trainees aware of the importance of permit to work systems, as well as their roles and duties in respect to them. It provides guidance on how to carry out a job safely and effectively, communicate and report any issues while on the job.

Prerequisites

This health and safety online training course on general work permit requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No course certification requirements

Course Content

What Everyone Needs to Know about Permits to Work

This online training course covers:

  • What a permit to work system is
  • How Permit to work systems operate
  • Roles and responsibilities of permit to work system
  • Permit to work process

Who is this Permits to Work Course for

This health and safety online training course is designed for anyone that will be using permit to work systems, including front line workers and manager.

Learning Outcomes of What Everyone Needs to Know About Permits to Work Programme

Upon undertaking the course successfully, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the permit to work system
  • Learn about the roles and duties of those creating and issuing permits
  • Understand the process by which work permits operate
  • Learn how to carry out work safely using permits to work
  • Understand how to communicate with managers and supervisors at work
  • Learn how to carry out non-routine tasks and efficiently control and eliminate risks at work

Benefits of the Course

This online course will benefit both the employers and employees in the following ways:

Employer Benefits

  • Provides guidance on permit to work systems
  • Ensures employees understand this vital process
  • Mitigates the chances of accidents and injuries at work

Employee Benefits

  • Clear understanding of permit to work system
  • Certificate issued upon completion

Why Choose Human Focus for Permit to Work?

Choosing Human Focus for permits to work training course provides the following benefits:

  • RoSPA-approved
  • Supports compliance
  • Engaging course content
  • Short yet concise
  • Learn anytime and anywhere
  • No hidden costs

Course Format

Format: 100% online

Course Duration: 33+ minutes

  • Quizzes at the end of each section
  • End course evaluation test

End of Course Assessment

The end of course test is a pass or fail test that requires a score of 80% to pass. Two attempts are given to pass the test.

Certificate

Upon passing the end test participants will receive a RoSPA-approved certificate via email to download.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is a permit to work required?

A Permit to Work is a formal procedure written to control a system designed to prevent staff members or employees from accidents and injuries. This is generally when a job or a task has a foreseeable high risk and is particularly useful when contractors are on-site for maintenance or installation purposes.

These work permits aim is to eradicate both unsafe conditions and human errors by imposing a formal system that requires formal actions.

Which activities require permits to work?

Typical areas or work activities that a permit must cover are:

  • Hot works activities such as cutting, welding, or soldering in premises under refurbishment
  • Roof works
  • Working in confined spaces such as tunnels, vessels, or sewers
  • Electrical work, including high-voltage work activities
  • Lift works involving lifting of loads by crane or other equipment
  • Pressure works
  • Demolition works
  • Asbestos removal activities
  • Work that involves explosives or highly flammable substances
  • Working at heights – two meters above the ground

How many types of work permits are there?

There are four types of safe work permits.

1. Hot Work Permit

Used when heat or sparks are produced by work such as welding, cutting, or burning. Some of the dangerous conditions to keep in mind when executing such hot work actions are:

  • The existence of igneous materials in the equipment
  • The presence of flammable resources that generate combustible vapors when heated

2. Cold Work Permit

They are used in hazardous maintenance work and when there is no contact with ‘hot work’

activities. These permits are issued when there is no useful source of the explosion.

3. Confined Space Entry Permit

This type of permit is used when entering a confined space such as tunnels, vessels, gutters, or other sewer work.

4. Special Permits

Employers use special permits to cover particular hazards like:

  • Extremely hazardous conditions
  • Radioactive materials
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Power supplied

Who should sign permits to work?

A person in charge of carrying out work generally signs the acceptance sector. It usually includes managers and supervisors and allows an individual to carry out tasks under strict control measures. These permits must not be signed unless responsible persons understand entirely the nature of the job and its risk involved.

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