Permit to Work: best practice based on Risk Assessment

Efficient production under circumstances that are optimally safe for people, plant and environment requires continuous focus from all involved. The Permit to Work process plays a key role in creating these safe conditions for the people that work in plants on a daily basis.

The basic principle of the Permit to Work best practice is risk management. All works are classified by the degree of risk involved. This defines how roles and responsibilities are organized and ensures the four eyes principle is always applied.

Plants working with the best practice experience better communication, better risk assessments, more planned work, fewer LTIs, and improved deployment of the facility.

The best practice provides a benchmark that allows you to quickly and effectively improve quality and performance and create measurable results in both safety and efficiency.

Better preparation and effective communication reduces losses caused by unclear and unsafe situations, and provides more predictable production planning

Implementation: key in creating change

A significant factor in these results is the way the best practice process is implemented. Each Permit to Work project starts off with a KPI measurement which is the baseline for project success and future improvements. With our proven method we revive the enthusiasm for safety. Every stakeholder in the process, from management to shop floor, takes responsibility and the organization is facilitated to continuously improve. 

Results in 8 weeks

Unite Permit to Work software

Unite Permit to Work ensures plant staff is fully equipped in working according to the best practice. It enables them to carry out works efficiently, at a high safety level. Operators, shift leaders, maintenance staff and production management get a clear overview of planned and active works and can easily access historical data.

Unite assists preparation staff and shifts when applying for work permits. A risk assessment determines which permit template should be used. It will be immediately clear, which parts of the plant have been safeguarded for which works, thus preventing confusion. At the shift handover one look will be sufficient to see which permits are active, which permits require special attention and which works have been planned. Important works receive the attention that is needed and valuable time is no longer wasted!

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