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Permits To Work

The permit-to-work is a document that authorises certain people to carry out specific work within a specified time frame. 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 (although a RAMS will normally be used to detail how the works will be undertaken). 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.
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Instructions or procedures such as RAMS or SSOW are adequate for most work activities, but some require extra care.  A ‘permit to work’ is a more formal system stating exactly what work is to be done and when, and which parts are safe.  A responsible person should assess the work and check safety at each stage. The people doing the job sign the permit to show that they understand the risks and precautions necessary.

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The Permit should contain all relevant information, be correct, and presented in a suitable format e.g. not overly complex or ambiguous.  The permit should communicate all relevant information (including hazards and controls) to all personnel involved and ensure that other people are aware of what maintenance staff are doing and vice versa. The health and Safety Hub has templates for hot works permit (with instructions on use) and permit to dig (breaking ground) which are probably the two most important but can put together any other permit you would like upon request.

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Once a permit has been written and signed on to by all those involved a copy should be kept by those controlling the works and a copy should be displayed at the work face so that all in the area understand what is going on. Once the work has been finished the permit must be signed off by the person controlling the area (appointed person).

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Yes. By keeping records of your permits to work you can evidence a duty of care and compliance with HSE legislation as well as auditing them at regular intervals to ensure the system is working.

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Without a permit to work system high-risk activities may be undertaken without the correct precautions leading to possible building fires, striking buried cables, suffocation and ultimately death or those involved in the work or members of the public.

Category: Permits To Work