Regular Permit to Work audit process at Kulevi Oil Terminal

The Permit to Work form is a written system used to control certain types of work which have been identified as non-routine and potentially hazardous. Permit to Work (PTW) processes are an important and necessary part of the Kulevi Oil Terminal safety management process. PTW audits must be conducted regularly to ensure the effectiveness of the system and to address issues that could improve the process. Managers, area authorities and site controllers carrying out regular audits of the individual tasks covered by the PTW. The audits covering all aspects of the PTW system. These include:


1)    Toolbox talks requirements

2)    Additional risk assessment requirements

3)    Isolation conformation requirements

4)    Lifting plans

5)    Certificate (Confined Space Entry and Excavation)

6)    Personnel competence and the handover process


This checklist is used by the auditors during the audit. All the audit findings are identified after which the appropriate corrective actions are taken. The results of the audit are then discussed during daily Toolbox talk sessions, PTW meetings, PTW audit meetings, safety meetings, as well as action tracking meetings.


Importance of regular PTW audits:


1)    Helps to prevent workplace near misses, incidents and accidents.

2)    Prevents breakdowns and asset damage.

3)    Improves the health, safety and environmental culture among personnel

4)    Improves the terminal’s safety management system 

5)    Uncovers new opportunities for improvements


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