Safe Work Permits Please
PERMITTING SOME HIGH-RISK WORK WITH NO PERMIT
IS RISKY BUSINESS.
• For non-routine high-risk activities such as grinding
and welding, or working in confined spaces that
pose chemical or atmospheric hazards, a facility-
issued permit to work is a “must have.”
• Before starting any non-routine, high-risk work, it’s
always wise to perform a risk assessment and then
use controls to eliminate or mitigate identified risks.
Only then—and with a valid permit to work
approved and signed—should workers begin. And of
course, if those assigned to the task don’t fully
understand the permit to work guidelines and
parameters, questions should be dealt with