Safe systems


Safe systems

Where an activity could be dangerous or pose significant risks if not properly controlled, a safe system of work should be drawn up.

This could include tasks such as:

  • Working at height
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Working with electrical installations, especially if out of sight and power needs to be isolated
  • Handling dangerous chemicals
  • Working alone or remotely

In some cases, employers have a 'permit to work' system, where specific safety instructions and precautions are specified. Those carrying out such work will need to demonstrate competence and sign on and off the job to show they have complied with the permit.

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