How does the Wellsite Permit to Work System operate?

The Wellsite Permit to Work System (WPTW) is a unique, industry-wide, consistent work permit process used throughout onshore Australia intended specifically for or onshore drilling and associated wellsite services.  Developed by the Wellsite Permit to Work Association, it creates a standardised approach to the planning and control of permitted work.  It consists of a Handbook which describes the System and the permitting process, and a Wellsite Permit Form that covers the range of permit types, including:

  • Hot Work;
  • Cold Work;
  • Pressure Systems;
  • Electrical;
  • Explosives/Radioactive Work;
  • Working at Heights;
  • Confined Space Entry;
  • Lifting;
  • Excavation; and
  • Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS)

Each Wellsite Permit category includes specific work precautions that must be in place before starting work, and ongoing work conditions that must be maintained while carrying out the work.  Wellsite Permits are issued by the Senior Representative of the Primary Wellsite Contractor and are issued to everyone conducting work on that wellsite, including personnel from the Primary Contractor, other wellsite contractors, visiting contractors and the operating company. The WPTW System can be used in association with a wellsite handover process to allow interfacing with an operating company’s existing work permit processes if needed.

What courses do we offer?

Health Security Education offers two levels of training in Wellsite Permit to Work – WPTW (Holder) and WPTW (Authority), which consist of the following:

Unit of competency:    MSAPMPER200C – Work in accordance with an issued permit
Course duration:    One (1) day course
Course cost:    $300.00
Pre-requisites:    Nil.
Course Outline:    This course is designed to provide individuals with the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to understand the requirements of the Permit to Work system and maintain safe working conditions.  The WPTW Holder is in direct control of a working party and the work documented on, and associated with, the permit.
Certification:     Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment (RTO #40907).

 

Unit of competency:    MSAPMPER300C – Issue work permits
RIIRIS201B – Conduct local risk control
Course duration:    One (1) day course
Course cost:    $400.00
Pre-requisites:    WPTW (Holder) – MSAPMPER200C Work in accordance with an issued permit.In accordance with Wellsite Permit Association requirements, participants must have held this qualification for a minimum of six (6) months prior to undertaking the WPTW (Authority) training and assessment.
Course Outline:    This course is designed to provide individuals with the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to understand the requirements of the Permit to Work system and maintain safe working conditions.  The WPTW Authorityis the person authorised to issue Permits and:

  • shares responsibility with the Permit Holder for defining scope of work and precautions to be completed for work to be performed, and determines ongoing Work Conditions; and
  • ensures the Permit Holder and Work Party understand the permit conditions and monitors work carried out.
Certification:     Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment (RTO #40907).