A permit to work (PTW) is a formal document used to authorize high-risk work activities in a workplace. A safety program on permit to work should include the following key elements:
- Hazard Identification: Identify high-risk work activities that require a permit to work, such as working at heights, hot work, and confined space entry.
- PTW Procedure: Develop a procedure for the use of PTW that includes the process for requesting, issuing, and approving a permit.
- Training: Provide training to workers on the PTW procedure, including the hazards associated with high-risk work activities and the proper use of PTW.
- PTW Form: Develop a standard PTW form that includes information such as the type of work, location, time frame, and specific hazards associated with the work.
- Pre-Work Assessment: Conduct a pre-work assessment to identify any additional hazards that may not have been previously identified.
- Control Measures: Develop and implement control measures to mitigate the hazards associated with high-risk work activities.
- Communication: Ensure effective communication between workers, supervisors, and permit issuers to ensure that all parties understand the scope of work and the requirements of the PTW.
- Monitoring: Conduct regular monitoring to ensure that control measures are effective and that workers are following the procedures outlined in the PTW.
- Recordkeeping: Keep records of all PTWs issued and completed, including the type of work, location, time frame, hazards identified, and any incidents or near misses that occur during the work.
By implementing a comprehensive safety program on permit to work that includes these elements, employers can help to ensure that high-risk work activities are authorized and carried out safely. This can reduce the risk of incidents occurring, improve the overall safety and health of the workplace, and promote a more productive and efficient work environment. The program should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that it remains effective in preventing incidents from occurring.