Work Permit

Students have bountiful of work opportunities during and after study. Permit to work is a core element of integrated safe system of work systems, that along with risk assessment and isolation planning, enable as low as reasonably practicable reduction of unsafe activities in non-trivial work environments. A permit to work system is a formal system stating exactly what work is to be done, where, and when. 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. Permits are effectively a means of communication between site management, plant supervisors and operators, and those who carry out the work. It is also a means of coordinating different work activities to avoid conflicts. It involve procedures to request, review, authorise, document and most importantly, de-conflict tasks to be carried out by front line workers. Permit to work is an essential part of control of work, the integrated management of business critical maintenance processes. Control of work is made up of permit to work, hazard identification and risk assessment and isolation management.