Control of Work (CoW)



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Course Objectives

The purpose of this Control of Work course is to help explain the principles of a safety management system. Additionally, the course will cover the principles and objectives of the permit to work (PTW) system.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the main legal requirements and guidance documents relevant to control of work
  • Explain the role of the Performing Authority
  • State the responsibilities of the Performing Authority
  • State the purpose of Control of Work systems
  • Explain the principles of work control, and how work is controlled within typical Permit to Work (PTW) systems
  • Identify the main types of Control of Work documents, explain their purpose and why they are cross-referenced to each other
  • Identify the main roles within a typical PTW system and the function of each role
  • Define the term “hazard”
  • Identify common ways of grouping oil and gas industry workplace hazards
  • Identify typical effects and consequences of specific hazards
  • Define the term “risk”
  • Differentiate between the terms “hazard” and “risk”
  • Explain the purpose of a task risk assessment
  • Identify and explain the main steps of a typical task risk assessment process
  • Give a brief explanation of the term ALARP
  • Identify and explain the typical controls that would be put in place to eliminate or reduce risk
  • Explain risks associated with work-related hazards
  • Explain the typical methods for recording a task risk assessment
  • Explain how to undertake a review of existing task risk assessments and why reviews are required
  • Prepare a task risk assessment - Virtual practical exercise
  • Identify and explain typical steps in planning/preparing for the work activity/activities
  • Explain how the Performing Authority can verify isolations for the work activities
  • Explain how others may be affected by the work activities
  • Know how to comply with typical work control documents and PTW rules and requirements
  • Explain the requirement to communicate effectively with everyone involved at the worksite
  • Describe the responsibility of the Performing Authority to stop the work if they, or any other person, expresses concerns related to the work activities
  • Explain why regular worksite visits and inspections are important
  • Identify typical methods for controlling work activities
  • Describe the PA’s responsibilities to respond appropriately to unplanned changes to the work plan, changes to the workplace conditions, and how these can affect worksite safety
  • Identify and explain the hazards and risks of simultaneous working at multiple worksites
  • Explain the requirement for effective handovers
  • Explain the techniques and methods to ensure effective handovers
  • Identify typical reasons for suspension of work
  • Identify the typical steps in the suspension of work
  • Explain typical work completion requirements
  • Explain how lessons learned from work activities should be captured and recorded
  • Explain how waste from work activities can be managed according to local site rules


Additional Information

  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
  • Language: English
  • Knowledge Check:  37 Questions Final Assessment

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows (7,8,10) and Apple Mac
  • Browsers: Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari
  • Additional Hardware: Please ensure that you have headphones or speakers


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