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What is Permit to Work?

By Yokogawa RAP | 31 March 2021

Permit to Work (PtW) is your front-line documented method of keeping people safe whilst undertaking any form of work that needs to be controlled in potentially hazardous environments. It represents the combination of formal risk identification, management & control, communication, and authorisation which forms a key component for safe and efficient Control of Work.

Permit to Work has historically always been paper-based systems with multiple forms for each task that needs to be performed. However, in the age of digitisation, software and mobile solutions offer digital permit to work system software to control the risks, ensure worker safety and significantly increase efficiencies.

What should Permit to Work Systems Include?

This is not an exhaustive list and it will very much depend on the type of activities being carried out, the type of site it is taking place on and the competencies needed to do so.

Benefits of Digital Permit to Work Systems

By digitally controlling and mitigating risks, companies using digital permit to work systems can achieve the following:

What are the Most Common Types of Safe System Work Permits?

Some of the most common types of permits we see for high risk activities which require strict controls are:

Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list and we would be happy to discuss further if required.

You can find more supporting information for Digital Permit to Work through Control of Work and Frequently Asked Questions information on our website.

The Health and Safety Executive - HSE, Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety also has further literature on permit to work systems via a free download.

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