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Question 383 October 2005

Benchmarking Permits to Work

A member is currently reviewing their permit to work system and would like to benchmark what other companies do regarding what work/tasks permits are issued for.

Please address any of the following points you can :-
1 Do you issue permits for all tasks carried out by direct labour and contractors?
2 Do you issue permits for all tasks carried out by contractors only?
3 Do you issue permits for tasks only in areas deemed as high risk (e.g. plant areas, etc)?
4 Who issues the permits?
5 How many permits do you issue per day/operator/issuer generally?
6 What sorts of permit systems do you operate (e.g. hot works etc)?
7 How do you identify and record visitors (i.e. non working personnel) on plant areas, or areas of risk?
8 What problems you have come up against regarding permits and how you resolved them?


The following 13 companies answered this question and 4 documents were supplied:

  • Air Products Plc
  • British Gypsum Ltd
  • Devro (Scotland) Ltd
  • EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd
  • Eli Lilly and Company Limited
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited
  • Marshalls Plc
  • Next plc
  • RWE npower
  • SSL International plc
  • Tube Lines Limited
  • Yorkshire Water Services Ltd - WUK member
  • "Permit to Work Form"
  • "Permit to Work Guidance MHGN 039 2004"
  • "Permit to Work Standard MHSS 039 2004"
  • "Permits Workbook 2004"

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