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Permit to work - hazardous area

Permit to work - hazardous area

If you have really significant hazards on your premises, you need to be absolutely sure that any contractors stay out of trouble. Use our permit to work to make your requirements clear.

In harm’s way

Contractors are particularly vulnerable to hazards on your premises for several reasons: (1) they’re not familiar with your buildings; (2) their work often involves disturbing the structure or accessing less frequently used areas; and (3) they may not appreciate the dangers or the consequences of their activities.

Where a hazard is life threatening and might not be obvious to everyone, you’ll need to take firm control over any work in the vicinity. That’s where our Permit to Work - Hazardous Area comes in.

Note. It’s not intended that you use this for every job, just for those where there’s the potential for extreme harm or damage. For example, if a plumber could come into contact with asbestos materials, you would try to agree pipe runs which avoid disturbance of the material, but you also need to ensure that they do not deviate from the plan and cause a disaster in the process.

Our document is designed to drive home the message that contractors must keep clear of specified danger areas. By reading and signing the form the recipient will appreciate your expectations and know that if they don’t do as they’re asked, they may be liable for expensive damage or clean-up costs.

What’s covered?

“Part 1” outlines the details of the work and should be filled in by the permit issuer, i.e. the client’s representative. Allocate a reference number to the permit, describe the nature of the job, and list the contractor’s details. This section contains a list of hazards. When you’ve ticked which apply, add a description and outline the restrictions relevant to the work.

“Part 2” includes a list of points to check off before work can proceed, such as ensuring that all workers have been briefed and that the work is properly supervised.

The remaining boxes allow the issuer to formally permit the work to start and the recipient to accept the terms of operation. There are also sections to complete when the job has finished.

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