IntelliPERMIT is not a computer based replica of a paper-based permit system. Intelligent safety rules, enforced system controls, auditability, visibility etc. are all enhanced over paper-based systems and represent a step change in safety integrity and reliability.
All too often the permit and isolations processes required for maintenance activities are regarded as wasteful expenditure of time and resources. We can however apply value stream mapping techniques to identify inefficiency throughout the work flow to ensure waste is eliminated.
A permit to work system touches many functions; production, safety, maintenance, people and information technology. Getting all of these stakeholders aligned to a common goal is essential for a successful implementation of IntelliPERMIT.
The primary role of a permit to work system is to improve the safety of maintenance activities in hazardous production environments. This is particularly important during shutdowns when there are many contractors on site unfamiliar with the process, and who might be under tight deadlines to bring the plant back online.