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We find that all three terms are widely used and in many respects relate to the same process. Choose the term you use in your organisation.
Control of Work (CoW)
Permit to Work (PTW)
Safe System of Work (SSoW)
Control of Work is a core process that helps you manage work safely and efficiently. Without an effective Control of Work system in place, the safety of your people and assets is at serious risk. Research shows that poor Control of Work practices are still the main cause of major incidents in the industry. On the contrary, if your Control of Work processes are robust, this leads to better safety performance and greater efficiency in your operations.
A good Control of Work process seamlessly joins planning and scheduling of work with the Task Risk Assessment, Permit to Work and Energy Isolations processes, allowing informed risk-based decision-making. It should also cover Control of Work competencies, authorisation and communication, performance management and continuous improvement.
WorkSafe® is designed by Control of Work experts, co-authors and contributors if “Guidance on permit-to-work systems” (HSG250) and “The safe isolation of plant and equipment” (HSG253). WorkSafe® supports organisations that operate in potentially hazardous work environments – from oil and gas exploration and production installations to refineries, chemical processing and power generation plants, both onshore and offshore.
WorkSafe® Control of Work is highly flexible, allowing users to make changes to the system, individual processes and form layouts. WorkSafe® can be provided as a web-based application and integrates with your maintenance management systems, such as SAP or Maximo.
WorkSafe® is built for the REAL world and covers an end-to-end Control of Work process. It consists of 3 primary modules: Task Risk Assessment, Permit to Work and Energy Isolations. Conflict Manager and Graphical Planner are the supporting modules that provide additional information for the planning and risk assessment stages.
Want to know why WorkSafe is different? Watch the WorkSafe® video.
WorkSafe® is an electronic, paper-based or hybrid Control of Work system which has been developed following a unique collaboration between subject matter experts and a dedicated software team, using the latest programming techniques for development.
WorkSafe® is relied upon by over 30 facilities worldwide and has been successfully used in the Middle East since 2006. WorkSafe Control of Work has evolved over time following direct feedback and input from our clients and from the wider industry.
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