Permit to Work Toolbox Talk

Permit to Work Toolbox Talk

This permit to work toolbox talk:

  • Can assist you educate personnel on various work permits and identify the safety requirements for work activities that require a permit.
  • Can help employees better identify risks and hazards associated with specific tasks or activities that require a permit.


About this Permit to Work Toolbox Talk

This toolbox safety talk on permits to work can assist you educate personnel on how to identify a safe system of work and the minimum safety requirements on a designated work activity that requires a permit.

Work permits prevent workers from working on a designated activity until the risks have been assessed and the control measures have been implemented. This is to ensure that workers start the work in safe and controlled conditions.

Permit to Work Toolbox Talk

A permit to work may be required for any of the following types of work activities:

  • Hot works.
  • High voltage work.
  • Live electrical work.
  • Confined space entry.
  • Hazardous area work.
  • Excavations and trenching.

Certain situations may require more than one permit to be issued to carry out the work. For example, working in a hazardous area may also require a confined space entry permit.

How to Complete a Permit to Work

An assessment must be undertaken by an authorized person on whether a work permit is required for the work activities. All relevant information must be made available to the permit authorizer by the person completing the permit.

A permit to work must comply with the following before permitted work can commence:

  • All details on the permit to work system that are relevant to the task are completed.
  • The associated documentation (drawings, checklists, etc) are attached for review by the permit authorizer.
  • The contents of a permit, specifically the permit conditions and potential hazards must be communicated by the permit holder to the work crew to enable consultation and feedback.
  • The permit holder must ensure that the work crew fully understands the work scope and conditions and sign onto the permit to confirm this understanding.
  • No person should simultaneously hold the positions of permit holder and permit authorizer.
  • Once the conditions of a permit are agreed to, the permit holder can sign the permit and shall become the responsible person for supervising the task.

How to Work Under a Permit to Work

  • The permit holder must monitor the health and safety works in accordance with the scope and agreed on control measures with the understanding that should any conditions change or any unexpected hazards or risks be identified that work must stop and be re-assessed.
  • Any changes that affect the validity of a permit will result in the immediate cancelation of the permit. A new permit to work must then be issued for the works in this circumstance.
  • If a permit to work requires transfer from one permit holder to another, all required signatures on the transferring the permit section must be completed.
  • Permit authorizers must ensure by inspection that all works associated with the permit to work have been completed correctly and that the work area has been re-instated to safe operations once the work outlined in the permit has been completed.

Note: All permits should be invalidated in the event of an emergency and all works should stop immediately. All permits should be re-checked and revalidated once an emergency is over and before work recommences.

Why Become a Member of Redcat Safety and Download this Permit to Work Toolbox Talk?

  • Toolbox talks about a permit to work raise awareness about the purpose and importance of permit systems in controlling hazardous activities.
  • Employees can gain a better understanding of the risks involved and the specific procedures to follow when working under a permit.

After downloading this permit to work toolbox talk you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own permit to work toolbox talk.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the toolbox talk.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.

Availability and Use of this Permit to Work Toolbox Talk

  • This permit to work toolbox talk template is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Become a Member Now’ button.
  • The toolbox talk will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
  • There are no membership auto-renewals, contracts or ongoing costs.

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