Hello there, this is your Goke Akingbade (Safety Guide) bringing you another juicy topic on health and safety. Today we will be discussing on what is known as permit to work or work permit in occupational safety.

A permit to work is a formal written document used to control certain kinds of work that are potentially hazardous. It specifies the work to be done and the precaution s to be adhered.


The permit to work form must help communication between everyone involved. It should be designed by the company issuing the work permit, taking into account individual site conditions and requirements.  Separate permit forms may be needed for different job tasks such as hot work and work at height, work done on scaffold, entry into confined space  so that enough emphasis will be given to the specific hazards present and the respective control measures put in place.

The essential elements of a permit to work form are listed below:

  1. Permit Title.
  2. Work permit number, reference to other relevant permits.
  3. Job location.
  4. Plant identification.
  5. Description of work to be done and its limitations.
  6. Hazard Identification: this includes hazards introduced by the work and residual hazards.
  7. Necessary precaution.
  8. Personal protective equipment.
  9. Authorisation: signatures confirming that isolations have been made and control measures put in place.
  10. Acceptance: signature confirming proper understanding of work to be carried out, the hazards present and the control measures required.
  11. Handover procedures.

For a clearer Illustration, a sample permit to work form is shown below

permit to work form

permit to work form

So until I come your way again, it is Goke Akingbade wishing you a great weekend ahead.

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Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) bringing you another topic on health and safety to discuss on. Today we will be considering what is so paramount in occupational safety and health , which is a Safety culture.
Culture is defined to be the way of life of a set of people within a geographical location.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA) defines a safety culture as a combination of an organization’s safety attitudes, behaviours, beliefs, values, ways of doing things and other shared characteristics of a particular group of people.
You need to ensure that a positive safety culture is developed in your organization.
Workers know and sense it when top level management care about their safety. Workers ought to be provided with safe work tools, physical resources that will help them perform their job task in a safe manner. Psychosocial resources should be made available too. The workload should not overburden an individual worker, if this is done, it will lead to stress. Job rotation can bs incorporated whereby the task can be performed by more than one worker or job scheduling at a conducive time. As long as workers know and can perceive that management care about their health, safety and welfare, they will buy in into the relevance of a safe and healthful workplace.
Workers should be allowed to provide suggestions on how the job task can be done safely and also gice their complaints on the state of the work environment. The Health and Safety representative ought to ensure that whatever the employees discloses is communicated to management, and appropriate feedback is communicated bact to workers. THE BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURE TO WORKERS.
1.Higher morale and job satisfaction.
2. There will be improvement in physical and mental well-being.
3. Increased confidence in the company they work for.
4. Reduced sickness, sick leave and disability.
5. Free flow of communication about safety concerns from workers to management.

1. Increased worker productivity.
2. Reduced absence attributed to sickness.
3. Better staff retention and enhanced recruitment.
4. Reduction in accident and incident rates.
5. Improvement in employee morale and worker satisfaction.
6. Improved public relations and corporate.
7. Reduction in insurance and ill health retirement payment.
8. Compliance with legislation.
These are some of the benefits derived from imbibing a positive safety culture. Till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety guide) signing out.