Inadequate Permit to Work processes have contributed to devastating industrial accidents such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Natural Gas Pipeline Puncture (1981), the Occidental Piper Alpha Explosion (1988), the Phillips Petroleum Chemical Plant Explosion and Fire (1989) and the Fire at Hickson & Welch Limited (1992). As a result, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that:
Such systems may also be known as Safe System of Work (SSOW) or Control of Work (COW). Typically, there are many such Permits in operation in the different areas of an industrial site and in various stages of completion. There are also typically different classes of work permit, which require different means of managing and certification. It is essential that all these factors are considered for the safe operation of the site.
To remedy these pains, companies across the world utilize j5 Permit to Work (PTW). The j5 PTW application provides an effective, consistent and visual interface for the management and control of Permits. All the steps are audited and there is a complete record of all transactions in the process. Summaries of j5 PTW records are displayed in j5 Shift Handover reports and can be shared by email with nominated recipients.
The j5 PTW application comes with a set of IndustraForm® Templates that provide examples for handling a range of scenarios, covering the Permit level and the Certificate level. Please note that these IndustraForm Templates are provided only to assist the user to develop the specific processes for their site and are not intended to be used without modification. While the UK Health and Safety Executive white paper – Guidance on permit-to-work systems: A guide for the petroleum, chemical and allied industries – was used as a reference document for the design of the j5 PTW application, please note that it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that any Permit to Work system implemented using j5 PTW meets applicable safety and regulatory requirements.