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Letter from the Chair

  As we reflect on the activities and achievements of 2018, I would like to express my appreciation to everyone that has contributed to the Wellsite Permit to Work Association. This includes the Board, Member organisations, industry representatives, and...

What is Stored Energy?

  Stored energy is accumulated energy that can release suddenly, potentially causing serious injury or death. Stored energy can have many forms, including gravitational potential energy, pressurised gases and liquids, stored mechanical energy, and stored...

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...

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...