Permit to Work, Introduction

Despite having a Permit To Work system, Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha platform was destroyed by explosion and fire after a shift reinstated a system left partially disassembled by the previous shift. 167 men perished in this incident due to failure to properly communicate permit state at shift handover.

  • Learning film: #2514
  • Revision: 5.00
  • Published: 15.12.2016
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Permit to Work systems are a regular part of working life on board ships. They ensure that proper planning has been carried out for a given work task and that all associated risks have been properly considered; that appropriate safety control measures are in place, and that all risks are properly managed.

This video will show the importance of using a Permit to Work.


Legislation & references
  • STCW B-V/1, A-III/5, A-II/5, A-III/7, A-VI-1-4.
  • COSWP  Ch 14
  • ILO Code of Practice on “Accident Prevention on Board Ship at Sea and in Port”
Learning objectives
  • Recognise the dangers of not using a Permit to Work 
  • Identify examples of common work activities at sea where a Permit to Work is necessary
  • List the responsibilities of those giving and receiving a Permit to Work
  • Identify the different parts of a Permit to Work
  • List the essential steps that must be completed before issuing a Permit to Work for a range of common work activities at sea
  • List the essential steps that must be completed before cancelling a Permit to Work for a range of common work activities at sea
Languages
English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Italian,
Duration 23 minutes and a minimum 30 minute discussion
Target groups
  • Deck - Operational
  • Engine - Operational
Credits
  • Bernhard Schulte Canarias SA
  • GC Rieber
  • Nordic Hamburg
  • Maritim Management
  • Exmar Ship Management NV
  • Maersk Tankers
Related information
Ship types:
Generic,
STCW: Operation & Safety