Last edited 08 Jul 2021

Permit to work for construction

Permit to work (PTW) systems are formal procedures used to control activities that are considered high-risk. Permits only allow authorised personnel to perform those activities at specified times and in a way set out in the permit and referenced documents.

A permit to work might be required for activities such as:

A permit to work system should:

Permits should:

Issuing permits to work can be a complicated and time-consuming process and so adequate notice should be given before a permit to work is required.

Permit to work systems do not in themselves make activities safer, this is only possible through the implementation of the correct procedures. It is important therefore that systems not box-ticking exercises, that they are explained at site inductions and that they are continuously monitored, reviewed and kept up to date.

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