The PTW procedure is designed to achieve the applications of particular safety measures in a controlled sequence by the involvement of competent and responsible people.The Permit to Work procedure ensures that the responsibility and accountability for safe working practices is followed in a logical sequence to those responsible for the work being carried out at any given time and ensures that specified and effective safeguards are provided.
The purpose of the Permit to Work System is to ensure that a safe working environment is achieved by providing management control over the various activities which may have hazardous interactions.
The system provides a formal and controlled process that identifies and communicates hazards and risks associated with planned activity, and ensure that appropriate precautions and measures are implemented so that the job can proceed and be completed safely. It is important to note that a Permit to Work is not a permission to carry out a hazardous job, but is an essential part of a procedure that provides instruction on how to carry out a hazardous job safely and in a managed and controlled way. The procedure has three key features: