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Course Overview

These days, in almost every sphere of work, health and safety management and environmental protection have taken priority among all aspects of management focus. Safety has been important from early times, but the kind of focus and steps in that direction have evolved over time. Permit to work systems refer to management systems used to ensure work is done efficiently and, most importantly, safely. These systems are predominant in hazardous industries because of the kind of operations and risks entailed. Permit to work systems consist of all processes and procedures to request, review, authorise, document and clarify tasks to be undertaken by frontline workers. They are an integral part of control of work and secure the business’ critical maintenance process. Control of work, overall, consists of permit to work, hazard identification and risk assessment and isolation management. Permit to work adherence is extremely essential in process safety management. These formal systems state exactly what work is to be done, where and when. In many organisations, people doing the actual work are required to sign a permit to work document to confirm that they have understood all processes and guidelines of the system. Permits also serve as a means of communication between site workers and the organisation’s management. However, they should not be mistaken as a replacement for robust risk assessment, which should happen simultaneously. Having permit to work systems as part of organisational operations reduces the risks of losses or damage due to unsafe activities in a non-trivial work atmosphere. These systems ensure that the correct jobs are entrusted to appropriate individuals and review or audit of conditions are also undertaken by experts or authorised personnel who have proven capabilities of undertaking the respective responsibilities. Permit to work systems also confirm that work is completed safely and the workplace is restored to its safe, original form for normal operations to commence.

This Zoe training course will empower you with a complete and detailed overview of permit to work systems, including various aspects of work covered by permits. Further, with the experience and knowledge gained through this course, you will be able to successfully undertake roles and responsibilities related to issuing work permits or authorising certain operations in your organisation or in other organisations, thus increasing your scope for progression and growth. The perspective and knowledge gained through this course will also help you play a critical and influential role in ensuring safety at your workplace, reducing hazards and resulting losses, in turn helping your organisation grow exponentially economically.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to empower professionals with—

  • detailed information and knowledge about work permit systems
  • the required understanding and experience to partake in ensuring safe and secure systems and practices in the organisation
  • the adequate skill and confidence to undertake critical roles as personnel authorising or issuing work permits after checking all necessary aspects, thus contributing to career advancement and progression
  • an understanding and awareness of universal practices and standards of safety used in certain industries, increasing scope and capability to work in any organisation and industry requiring this expertise and service
  • the ability and experience to create safety policies and guidelines to safeguard life, property and the environment
  • the potential to contribute to maintenance of standards of compliance
  • the required capabilities and awareness to place guidelines, control measures and precautionary action to ensure extreme safety at the workplace and reduce risks or losses, in turn contributing to economic development of the organisation

Training Methodology

Zoe Talent Solutions delivers training in various formats, depending on the topic and audience. The training format mostly includes audio-video presentations by a highly experienced and established professional. Trainee participation is encouraged through group debates and activities, case study discussions, group experiential learning activities, role-plays, etc. The trainer also elaborately discusses practical issues and challenges faced by trainees at their workplaces.

This course follows Zoe Talent Solutions’ consistent and extremely successful Do–Review–Learn–Apply Model.

Organizational Benefits

Organisations whose employees undertake this course will benefit in the following ways:

  • Trained employees to perform operations in the safest manner possible
  • A larger number of experienced employees to serve as authorisers to appropriately assess standards of safety and work conditions before issuing permits to work
  • Better risk assessment and safety management
  • Robust safety systems and policies to ensure all processes followed are adhering to internationally prescribed standards and guidelines
  • Increased credibility because of reduced risks and better safety management, thus fostering economic development from greater investments and reduced organisational costs
  • Happier employees because of stringent measures and steps to safeguard their lives
  • Regular internal audits, at no added cost, to ensure consistency in processes and operations and adherence to international practices and standards

 Personal benefits

Through this course, professionals will benefit in the following ways:

  • Complete awareness and understanding of permit to work systems and their importance in organisations
  • Increased confidence and experience to partake or independently drive creation of policies and implementation of safety systems in one’s organisation
  • Increased understanding and information on international practices and standards of safety and related control measures, thus building one’s potential and ability to work in any other organisation involving safety precautions of this nature
  • Greater understanding and knowledge to serve as auditors and/or internal reviewers of the organisations’ adherence to international standards and guidelines
  • Enhanced skillset and credibility to undertake and fulfil extremely critical and sensitive roles of authorising and/or issuing permits to work in a hazard-prone zone after ensuring necessary control measures are in place, thus fostering expedited growth and development in one’s organisation
  • Greater confidence and experience to contribute to the economic development of one’s organisation by reducing losses and increasing investments by building organisational credibility
  • Greater awareness and understanding to help create a safe and secure work environment

Who should attend

  • Members constituting the top management of an organisation who need to understand the importance of safety and the need to ensure permit to work systems are set up and running
  • Investors and shareholders who would like to know the credibility and safety within an organisation before investing or taking investment-related decisions
  • Policy makers responsible for framing safety policies in line with the requirements of a permit to work system
  • Safety managers and other personnel working in the hazard-prone areas or sites who need to thoroughly understand requirements and guidelines of permit to work systems
  • Internal and external auditors responsible for ensuring compliance to international standards and practices
  • Human resource professionals and legal officers responsible for taking appropriate decisions and resultant action if safety is compromised at any level
  • Any other professional who would like to know more about permit to work systems or who aim to progress to positions authorising or issuing work permits

Course Outline

The course will cover the following topics important to thoroughly understand permit to work systems:

Module 1 – Key Features of Work Permits

  • Enforced by premise in-charge
  • Issued by competent, authorised personnel
  • Task-specific
  • Independent of risk assessment
  • For limited duration
  • Non-transferrable
  • State pre-commencement safety precautions
  • Retained/Cancelled by authorising personnel


Module 2 – Areas/Work Activities Covered by a Permit

  • Hot and roof works
  • Confined spaces
  • Pressure systems
  • High voltage electrical work
  • Lead and asbestos spaces
  • Excavation or demolition work
  • Work in isolated locations
  • Work in proximity with explosives


Module 3 – Control Measures When Issuing Permits

  • Physical audits and checks for roof and hot works
  • Isolation through warnings
  • Cancellation on operation completion
  • Training of personnel
  • Safety check before services resumed


Module 4 – Aspects Considered Under Permit to Work Systems

  • Human factors
  • Work permit system management
  • Skill of workforce
  • Conscious/unconscious incompetence
  • System objectives
  • Type of permit required
  • Content of permit


Module 5 – Contents of a Permit to Work Form

  • Description of work, personnel and equipment involved
  • Precautions to be taken during operations
  • Other work groups to be informed
  • Authorisation for work to commence
  • Duration of permit validity
  • Method of permit extension for additional period
  • Work completion checkpoints
  • Actions in case of emergency


Module 6 – Major Problems after Work Permit

  • Incorrect type of permit issued
  • Incorrect information on permit
  • Failure to recognise hazards
  • Terms of work permit not adhered to
  • Failure of safe handover post operations
  • Permit issued by unauthorised staff
  • Poor monitoring and management of work permit systems


Module 7 – Advantages of Work Permit Systems

  • Risk identification
  • Job authorisation
  • Work area and trained personnel identification
  • Job duration specification
  • Personnel protection
  • Safe work closure


Module 8 – Limitations of Work Permit Systems

  • Poor hazard identification when permits to be approved in bulk
  • Production targets prioritised over safety and safety measures
  • Delay in job because of safety manager absence or improper equipment
  • Untrained personnel issuing permits
  • Record keeping and maintenance

General Notes

  • All our courses can be facilitated as Customized In-House Training course.
  • Course duration is flexible and the contents can be modified to fit any number of days.
  • As for Open Enrolment Courses, we offer our clients the flexibility to chose the location, date, and time and our team of experts who are spread around the globe will assist in facilitating the course.
  • The course fee includes facilitation, training materials, 2 coffee breaks, buffet lunch and a Certificate of successful completion of Training.
  • FREE Consultation and Coaching provided during and after the course.
Customized Schedule is available for all courses irrespective of dates on the Calendar. Please get in touch with us for details.
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