Course Details

Permit to Work

Who should attend?

This meeting is intended for those who are directly or indirectly involved in issuing Permits to Work. It will be useful for anyone who has regular oversight of contractors or work that may require the temporary removal of controls in higher risk areas.

Course Details

Permit to work systems are used to help control high risk activities. The doucumented permit to work specifies the controls that need to be put into place before such an activity can start. It then provides a formal handover from the person in control of those measures to the person undertaking the work, to ensure everything is in hand and understood by both parties.

Permit-to-work systems are normally considered most appropriate for higher risk activities involving:

  • Non-routine operations (eg maintenance, repair, inspection, testing, alteration, construction, dismantling, adaption, modification, cleaning etc);
  • Jobs where two or more individuals or groups need to co-ordinate activities to complete the job safety;
  • Jobs where there is a transfer of work and responsibilities from one group to another

The session will cover the following key aspects of a permit to work systems:

  • What is a permit to work system and how does it link with the control of activities and contractors
  • Responsibilities for issuing permits to work
  • Types of permit to work and the requirements for issuing them, particularly:
    - Hot Work permits
    - Roof Work [or other similar work at height] permits
    - Confined Space permit
    - Live Electrical work permits
    - Isolation or Modification of fire alarm systems
    - Excavation Work
    - Non-routine work in high risk laboratories or workshops (e.g. containment level 3, animal suites/plant, irradiator rooms, cryogenic supply tanks, high-field magnet areas).
  • Supervision of permits
  • Handover or Handback of permits

As this is a new course, please feel free to contact the Safety Office with any relevant suggestions or questions that you would like answered and we will look to include this in the session.



For further information contact Safety Office.