Permit to Work Holders Course (PTWH)

Affiliation: PDO
Duration: 2 days

Course Aim:

To provide the knowledge and understanding of the PTW procedure to enable delegates to competently carry out the role of a permit holder 

Course Content:

  • Promote a thorough knowledge & understanding of the PDO PTW System, its scope and objectives.
  • Confirm delegates are able to identify hazards and carry out risk assessment procedures.
  • Using role plays, have delegates participate in a step-by-step flow through the operation of the PTW system.
  • Ensure delegates are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence to function as a PTW holder.

Course Overview

The program designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the PTW procedure to enable delegates to competently carry out the role of a permit holder and to cover the following items;

  1. Carrying out hazard identification and the risk assessment process.
  2. The PDO PTW System, its scope and objectives.
  3. Work that needs a permit, who produces and signs it, when, where and for what activities.
  4. Roles and Responsibilities of persons who sign permit documents.
  5. A step-by-step flow through how the PTW system operates.
  6. Control of isolations, the work tracking system and PTW system certificates.
  7. Hazard management, job safety plans, TRIC cards and toolbox

Who Should Attend?

PDO and Contractor personnel who will directly supervise a work party

(e.g.  first-line supervisor, leading hand, charge hand or technician etc)

Pre- Requisites

  • (ORT) HSE Orientation 
  • H2S 
  • SCBA 
  • HSE LFS 


  1. Identify 4 different hazards at a simulated operational workplace and conduct a risk assessment on the hazard presenting the highest potential risk, using the recommended procedure. 
  2. Accurately describe the scope and objectives of PDO’s PTW system. 
  3. Accurately explain the roles and responsibilities of the persons that are authorized to sign PTWs.
  4. State correctly, the controls relating to isolations and when they would be used within the PTW procedure. 
  5. Explain the differences between generic and dynamic risk assessment and when each is used by a permit holder within the PTW procedure. 
  6. Explain correctly what work requires a permit, and given 6 different work activities, indicate correctly which require permits and what type must be used.
  7. Given a specific work activity that is said to be required at a simulated (HSE Training Centre) or actual operational area, meet with the Permit Applicant and carry out the role of a Permit Holder and sign or reject to sign the permit, based on your assessment. 
  8. At a simulated (HSE Training Centre) or operational work area, conduct an effective Toolbox talk using the TRIC attached to a valid, authorized PTW to a team of no less than four people, who are role playing work staff, and carry out the procedures that must then be followed by the permit holder. 
  9. When the Area Authority verbally agrees to it, hand over a valid permit to another permit holder carrying out all the required procedures correctly. 
  10. Whilst role playing a permit holder, carry out all of the required actions for suspension, completion of work and revalidation with other PTW signatories.