Practical Introduction to Safe System of Work

  • Course Duration: 1 day


An effective Safe System of Work (SSOW) is essential to meet many legal requirements typically in the Construction, Mining, Petrochemical, Power and Railway sectors. Similar requirements also apply to a wide range of other organisations that operate processes involving machinery, pressure, electricity, high and low temperatures etc. that pose an inherent danger to employees and others.
This 1-day course provides a clear understanding of what is needed to establish SSOW. It explains in a thoroughly practical way the steps required to make a SSOW appropriate for your organisation.

Who should attend

  • Safety professionals who want to understand the underlying principles and practices of a SSOW in order to introduce such a system.
  • Safety professionals whose organisations currently operate a SSOW and who want to identify ways in which its design and implementation can be improved.
  • Others from non-safety disciplines who need a practical understanding of SSOW in order to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities satisfactorily.


  • All participants will be able to provide explanation and guidance to their organisation on what is needed to introduce a SSOW or improve an existing SSOW.
  • Sponsor organisations will have a core of employees with the understanding and motivation to actively support development of a SSOW.

Key Topics

  • The legal requirements
  • The need for a Safe System of Work
  • Assessing risks
  • Types of controls
  • Developing systematic controls
  • Operating a Permit to Work system
  • Key roles and responsibilities
  • Key competencies
  • Planning introduction of SSOW
  • Reviewing and improving a SSOW


This 1-day course comprises a series of interactive tutorials, discussions and short exercises. Each participant who completes this course will receive a course manual and certificate.

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