QualityOne Vaults help you manage the risk associated with different kinds of hazardous work and work environments effectively and efficiently. Permit to Work can be used as part of your permit-to-work process to document permits to work, their hazards and risk levels, and which precautions to take.

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About Permit to Work

Permit to Work manages the risk of particularly hazardous work and work environments by defining what work is to be done, when, where, and by whom. The risk level introduced by all hazards must be evaluated, and safety precautions to mitigate the risk of accident or injury must be defined.

Permit to Work Process

The permit-to-work process begins when, after the scope of work is determined, an Applicant (the person who will perform the hazardous work) completes and submits a permit-to-work certificate to the organization’s issuing authority. The document is reviewed by the Health and Safety Manager, who considers all possible risks and hazards as part of a robust risk evaluation process, and either authorizes or rejects the permit. Next, the Health and Safety Manager issues a permit to work describing the work, all potential hazards associated with the work, and any protective measures or equipment to be used.

For example, a Health and Safety Manager would issue a permit to work for any hot work such as welding or metal drilling. During this process, all potential hazards and their risk levels are evaluated, and appropriate safety measures to mitigate these risks, such as face shielding and keeping all personnel except for the approved workers away from the worksite, are documented in the permit to work.

The permit to work must be suspended if the circumstances surrounding the work change or if an uncontrolled hazard is discovered or introduced. When the work is completed, the permit is closed.

Permit to Work Terminology

  • Permit to Work: A formal document giving written permission for a person or persons to carry out work of a particularly hazardous nature or to work in a potentially hazardous environment. This document contains information on the work to be done and precautions to be taken. It defines all foreseeable hazards and risks have been considered, and all appropriate precautions have been defined and implemented.
  • Isolation: A safety measure to reduce the risk associated with a hazardous work environment or hazardous work. For example, limiting the power supply to an area of a factory where electrical work is carried out.
  • Risk Event: A risk that could potentially occur.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): A piece of equipment that must be used or worn while performing hazardous work to reduce the risk of injury.

How to Create a Permit to Work

To create a Permit to Work:

  1. Navigate to Business Admin > Objects > Permits to Work.
  2. Click Create.
  3. Enter relevant details about the description of the work, location and facility where the work is to be done, start and end dates, and PPE required.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Optional: In the Isolations section, click Create to add Isolations.

Permit to Work Workflow

Permit to Work includes a workflow you can use to request, review, approve, and issue Permits to Work using the Workflow Actions menu or the All Actions menu on a Permit to Work record.