June 5, 2019
Reevaluating the Permit to Work Process Through the Human Reliability Lens
Dennis Baker, Owner, Leader Influence, LLC
The Advancing Process Safety (APS) program is a joint initiative from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) to improve process safety performance and reduce site risks. This paper will focus on the human performance considerations related to Permit to Work. Viewing the Permit to Work system through a human performance lens provides an opportunity to identify challenges within it that make it more difficult for the person to execute a task correctly, as well as to identify techniques and tools that can help them perform those tasks more reliably. Ultimately, the paper will demonstrate that there is no universal standard on permitting, and there are different avenues to implement human factors considerations at the site level.