Permit for Working at Height
Permit for Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on smaller projects. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls from ladders, scaffold, working platforms and roof edges and through fragile roofs or roof lights.
Employers and the self employed required by law to:
- Follow the risk assessments you have carried out for work at height and ensure all work at height is planned, organized and carried out by competent people
- Follow the hierarchy for managing risks from work at height – take steps to avoid, prevent or reduce risks;
- Choose the right work equipment and select collective measures to prevent falls (such as guardrails and working platforms) before other measures which may only mitigate the distance and consequences of a fall (such as nets or airbags) or which may only provide personal protection from a fall.
Brandon Hire offer Working at Height courses to make sure you understand the regulations and how to work safely, including:
- How to recognize a problem
- Provide safe systems of work
- Choose appropriate equipment
Work Permit Letter
The requirement for a Permit to Work includes work to be Permit to work symbol performed by departments and contractors. Permits to Work can only obtained off one of the designated Responsible Officers listed below.
The Permit to Work Policy split into two components dependent on the type of work to be perform, Hot Work and/or working in Confined Spaces and the safety requirements of each. The same form requires completion for both Hot Work and/or Work in Confined Spaces, however different work practices and safety criteria need to adhered to. Please see below for each Permit to Work system.
Work not requiring a permit
Activities involving routine production and process operations including start up, changes in operational modes and shutdown do not require a Permit to Work. Routine work includes first line maintenance carried out by operations personnel such as topping up oil/water or tuning controllers.
Normally, the activities of inspectors, surveyors, engineers, drafts persons and visitors will not require a Permit to Work, provided their presence in the operational area approved in advance by the Responsible Officer and their activity does not interfere with plant or equipment, nor they carrying potential ignition sources.
Work Permit System
The Permit to Work System provides a systematic disciplined approach to assessing the a job and specifying the precautions taken when performing hot work and/or works as in confined space.
The permit to work system:
- Specifies the work to be done and the equipment to be used
- Specifies the precautions to be taken when performing the task
- Gives permission for work to start.
Type of Work Permits, Clearances
Depending on the nature of the job, there are five types of workpermit covering various works mentioned below: We may introduce a common format or each job wise.
Cold Work Permit
This permit required for carrying out any activity of maintenance cleaning/testing inside plant that non critical nature and does not produce sufficient heat to ignite a flammable or a flammable substance. The format for “Cold WorkPermit” enclosed.
Hot work/Entry In To Confined Space Permit and clearances:
Hot Work Permit required for carrying out any hazardous activity, high speed steam or during which produces sufficient heat to cause fire in a inflammable air-vapour mixture. Entry to Confined Space Permit required for entry into any confined space.
Excavation Permit and Clearances:
Excavation permit required for carrying out any excavation inside plant. Wherever temporary closure of road/cutting of road or blockage of main roads required in a section or unit. Necessary approval shall obtained in proper format for “Road or Site Closure”.
Electrical Isolation and Energisation Permit and Clearances:
For all electrical isolation and energisation of electrical equipments; Permit required, To work High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) line or equipment required. For Trip reset of HT LT equipment, the clearance shall taken on format.
Working at Height Permit:
For all working at height (of 2M or above) a permit for “Working at Height” required. Before erect when scaffold materials kept at site of erection; “Pre Erection Check-list for Scaffold” shall carried out in prescribed form. All tubular scaffolds needs to checked and certified before being use. The medical certificate for workmen, required to work at height required.
Works Exempted / Partially Exempted from Requirement of Permit:
Routine work carried out by operations Dept. personnel (e.g. pump change over, furnace lighting, operating valves etc.). It is considered that safety measures are built-in in system while carrying out above works and covered in Operating manuals.
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