Work at Height Permit-to-Work
All working at height comes with risk and this risk means when this work is carried out on company premises, a permit-to-work is required.
A permit to work is defined as a specialised safe system of work through which certain activities can only be carried out by an authorised person.
Permits to Work are an essential and important way of ensuring the health and safety of employees, contractors and others. They go towards ensuring a company fulfils their duty of care.
Working at height refers to any work in any place where there is a risk of acute injury should a contractor fall a distance. It covers work below ground level too where height is a factor. Risk assessment, safe working procedures/methods statements and permits to work covering all work at height are required and should be operational throughout the works.
Work at Height Permit to Work can only be issued by a Competent Person and they confer a right to work at height. They do not confer a right to carry out further works which require additional permits to work such as Asbestos removal or confined space work. In these instances, the contractor would need to seek these additional permits too.