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Permits to work form an essential part of safe systems of work for some maintenance activities.

They are documents which specify the work to be done and the precautions to be taken.

They allow work to start only after safe procedures have been defined and they provide a clear record that all foreseeable hazards have been considered.

A permit is needed when maintenance work can only be carried out if normal safeguards are dropped or when new hazards are introduced by the work.

Examples of such work include: work in confined spaces, "hot" work, entry into boilers and work in H.V. switch rooms.

The Estates Service's Safety Code defines health and safety procedures for areas of Estates Service's responsibility and procedures for liaison with client Schools and Services and in particular Designated Managers (or their deputies).

The policy and procedures below are taken from the Estates Service's Safety Code and apply to both work done by Estates Service's staff and by contractors brought in by the Estates Service's.


October 2016

October 2016

From: Human Resources

As part of: Health & Wellbeing