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Too Many Permits

  One of the observations that is often communicated to our Systems Operations Committee is the over-use of Permits to control work, even if there is no elevated risk associated with the activity. Sometimes this can take the form of so-called ‘blanket permits’...

Work Involving an ‘Elevated’ Risk

  Some ‘work’ is inherently hazardous, and some people are prepared to accept a higher level of risk than others. So, who decides whether the work to be performed involves an ‘elevated risk’. The first step of completing a WPTW is to identify whether a Permit is...

Specifying Work Precautions

  Work Precautions are risk controls that must be implemented prior to the Issue of the Permit to ensure that risks are being managed to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). There are several General Work Precautions that may apply to any work, regardless of...

Letter from the Chair

  Wellsite Permit to Work Online Training continues to be a popular initiative. A number of issues relating to the context of some questions in the assessment have now been resolved and feedback from users indicate the overall experience is valuable in terms of...

Who is responsible for verifying Isolations?

‘Establishing a Safe Work Environment’. One of the key principles of the Wellsite Permit to Work (WPTW) System is that the Wellsite Permit Authority (WPA) has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring work can proceed in a safe manner, including the establishment of a...

Can I issue a ‘blanket permit’?

The term ‘blanket permit’ is rather vague and might be understood to mean a permit with no time limitation, a permit without a clearly defined scope of work that covers any work that might be required on the site, or both. The short answer to the question is ‘No’. The...