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Training - Permit to Work

A permit-to-work system is a formal written system used to control certain types of work that are potentially hazardous. A permit to work is a document which specifies the work to be done and the precautions to be taken.

Permits to work form an essential part of safe systems of work for many maintenance activities. They allow work to start only after safe procedures have been defined and they provide a clear record that all foreseeable hazards have been considered.

This course reviews the essential elements of a permit-to-work system.


Learning outcomes

Candidates will understand that by employing a permit-to-work system, they will be introducing a fundamental safeguard for higher risk work activities. Equally, putting in place an effective system will ensure that existing controls cannot be overridden accidentally. Candidates will be aware of all of the common work activities which require PTW procedures to be in place.

Permit to work course content

• The need for permits to work: high risk activities

• The function of a permit to work

• The contents of a permit to work

• The procedure for using a permit to work

• Unusual termination of the permit

• The responsibilities of the issuer and receiver of the permit

• Potential difficulties with the procedure



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