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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
This online course will benefit both the employers and employees in the following ways:
Choosing Human Focus for permits to work training course provides the following benefits:
- Supports compliance
- Engaging course content
- Short yet concise
- Learn anytime and anywhere
- No hidden costs
Format: 100% online
Course Duration: 33+ minutes
- Quizzes at the end of each section
- End course evaluation test
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.
Upon passing the end test participants will receive a RoSPA-approved certificate via email to download.
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.
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
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
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.