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PART III
PERMIT-TO-WORK SYSTEM
FOR HAZARDOUS WORK AT HEIGHT
Application of this Part
19.  This Part shall apply only to hazardous work at height carried out on or after 1st May 2014.
Implementation of permit-to-work system
20.
—(1)  Where any hazardous work at height is or is to be carried out at a workplace on or after 1st May 2014, it shall be the duty of —
(a)
in the case of a workplace specified in the Schedule, the occupier of that workplace; or
(b)
in the case of a workplace that is not specified in the Schedule, the responsible person of any person who carries out or is to carry out the hazardous work at height in that workplace,
to comply with the requirements in paragraph (2).
(2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1), the occupier of the workplace or the responsible person of any person who carries out or is to carry out the hazardous work at height in the workplace (as the case may be) shall —
(a)
appoint a competent person for the hazardous work at height at the workplace to carry out the duties of an authorised manager for the hazardous work at height;
(b)
appoint another competent person for the hazardous work at height at the workplace to carry out the duties of a work-at-height safety assessor for the hazardous work at height; and
(c)
ensure that a permit-to-work system in accordance with this Part is implemented for that hazardous work at height.
(3)  The permit-to-work system referred to in paragraph (2)(c) shall provide that —
(a)
the hazardous work at height is carried out with due regard to the safety and health of persons carrying out the work;
(b)
such persons are informed of the hazards associated with the hazardous work at height and the precautions they have to take; and
(c)
the necessary safety precautions are taken and enforced when the hazardous work at height is being carried out.
No hazardous work at height without permit-to-work
21.
—(1)  Subject to paragraph (2), any person who carries out, on or after 1st May 2014, any hazardous work at height in a workplace without a permit-to-work first issued by the authorised manager in respect of that hazardous work at height shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000.
(2)  Nothing in paragraph (1) shall operate to interfere with or render unlawful any rescue work or other work necessary for the general safety of life or property.
Application for permit-to-work
22.  An application for a permit-to-work to carry out any hazardous work at height shall —
(a)
be made by the supervisor of the person who is to carry out the hazardous work at height;
(b)
be made in such form and manner as may be required by the authorised manager;
(c)
state the measures which will be taken to ensure the safety and health of the person who is to carry out the hazardous work at height; and
(d)
be addressed to the authorised manager and submitted to the work-at-height safety assessor where the hazardous work at height is to be carried out.
Evaluation of application
23.
—(1)  On receipt of the application for a permit-to-work, the work-at-height safety assessor shall —
(a)
assess whether all reasonably practicable measures have been taken to ensure the safety and health of the person who will be carrying out the hazardous work at height; and
(b)
inspect the site (including its surroundings) where the hazardous work at height is to be carried out together with the supervisor of the person who is to carry out the work, to ensure that the hazardous work at height can be carried out with due regard to the safety and health of the person and any other person at work in the workplace who may be affected.
(2)  If the work-at-height safety assessor is satisfied that the hazardous work at height can be carried out in the workplace with due regard to the safety and health of persons who are to carry out the hazardous work at height and of other persons at work in the workplace who may be affected, he shall endorse the application for the permit-to-work and forward the endorsed application to the authorised manager.
(3)  It shall be the duty of the work-at-height safety assessor to exercise all due diligence when performing his functions in relation to the evaluation and endorsement of an application for a permit-to-work under paragraphs (1) and (2).
Issue of permit-to-work
24.
—(1)  The authorised manager for any hazardous work at height at a workplace may issue a permit-to-work in relation to any hazardous work at height which is to be carried out on or after 1st May 2014 in the workplace if the authorised manager is satisfied that —
(a)
there has been a proper evaluation of the risks and hazards involved in the carrying out of the work based on the available information;
(b)
no incompatible work which may pose a risk to the safety and health of other persons at work in the workplace will be carried out at the same time in the same vicinity as the hazardous work at height;
(c)
all reasonably practicable measures will or have been taken to ensure the safety and health of the persons who carry out or are to carry out the hazardous work at height; and
(d)
all persons who are to carry out the hazardous work at height are informed of the hazards associated with it.
(2)  An authorised manager who issues a permit-to-work in respect of any hazardous work at height shall retain a copy of the permit-to-work.
(3)  It shall be the duty of the authorised manager to exercise all due diligence when performing his function in relation to the issuance of a permit-to-work under paragraph (1).
(4)  Subject to regulation 28, a permit-to-work shall be valid for the period stated therein, and if the hazardous work at height for which the permit-to-work is issued is not completed within the validity period, a fresh application shall be made in accordance with regulation 22.
Posting of permit-to-work and supervisor’s duty
25.  It shall be the duty of the supervisor of any person who carries out on or after 1st May 2014 any hazardous work at height in a workplace —
(a)
to clearly post, at the work area where the work is carried out, a copy of the permit-to-work issued in respect of that hazardous work at height, including (where reasonably practicable) a sketch of any area where the hazardous work at height is permitted; and
(b)
to ensure that the copy is not removed until the date of expiry or date of revocation of the permit-to-work, or on completion of the hazardous work at height, whichever is the earlier.
Monitoring of work
26.
—(1)  It shall be the duty of the authorised manager for any hazardous work at height at a workplace to continually review the progress of all hazardous work at height being carried out on or after 1st May 2014 in the workplace to ensure that the hazardous work at height is carried out with due regard to the safety and health of the persons carrying out the hazardous work at height in the workplace.
(2)  It shall be the duty of the supervisor of any person who carries out any hazardous work at height in a workplace —
(a)
to ensure that the measures necessary to ensure the safety and health of the person at work are taken and are in place at all times during the validity period of the permit-to-work; and
(b)
to inform the authorised manager upon completion of the hazardous work at height.
Duty to report incompatible work
27.
—(1)  It shall be the duty of any person who is aware of any work being carried out on or after 1st May 2014 in a workplace which is incompatible with any hazardous work at height being carried out at that workplace to immediately report the incompatible work to his supervisor, the workplace safety and health officer, the workplace safety and health co-ordinator or the authorised manager for that hazardous work at height.
(2)  In this regulation, any work in a workplace which is carried out at or in the vicinity of any hazardous work at height and which is likely to pose a risk to the safety or health of persons at work in the workplace shall be treated as incompatible work.
Daily review and revocation of permit-to-work
28.
—(1)  It shall be the duty of the authorised manager for any hazardous work at height at a workplace to review and assess the need to continue the hazardous work at height on a daily basis, and to revoke the permit-to-work issued in respect of the hazardous work at height if he thinks fit to do so.
(2)  If after issuing a permit-to-work in respect of any hazardous work at height at a workplace, the authorised manager is of the view that the carrying out of the hazardous work at height poses or is likely to pose a risk to the safety and health of the persons at work in the workplace, he may order the hazardous work at height to cease immediately and revoke the permit-to-work.