Unit of competency details

MSMPER300 - Issue work permits (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 12/Jan/2017
(View details for release 1) Replaced02/Jun/2016

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER300C - Issue work permitsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER300C Issue work permits 01/Jun/2016

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEG - Gas Industry Training PackageGas Industry Training Package 1.0 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 3.0 
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 2.1-4.0 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 1.0-2.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEG40118 - Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations 
UEG30118 - Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations 
RII41215 - Certificate IV in Well Servicing OperationsCertificate IV in Well Servicing Operations 
RII41115 - Certificate IV in Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore)Certificate IV in Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore) 
RII30415 - Certificate III in Resource ProcessingCertificate III in Resource Processing 
RII30315 - Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous MiningCertificate III in Underground Metalliferous Mining 
RII30115 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction OperationsCertificate III in Surface Extraction Operations 
PMC40116 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products 
PMC30116 - Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products 
PMB40116 - Certificate IV in Polymer TechnologyCertificate IV in Polymer Technology 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091199 Justice And Law Enforcement, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091199 Justice And Law Enforcement, N.e.c.  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 2. Addition of information missing from the Assessment Requirements. Equivalent.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER300C Issue work permits


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to issue work permits. It covers an understanding of the permit system and the limitations of each permit, and making decisions regarding the need for and correct use of each permit. This unit includes the issue of any and all permits. Permits are called clearances by some organisations.

This unit of competency applies to personnel who are required to issue appropriate permits to work to persons conducting a variety of activities in workplace environments in which hazards exist or specific procedures need to be followed and monitored to protect the safety of personnel and the integrity of plant or process.

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Conduct hazard analysis

Competency Field

Work control systems

Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element


Identify need for work permit


Identify work permit needed from job scope


Confirm with appropriate personnel the need for work permit


Ensure job site is prepared for authorised work


Inspect the job site


Identify work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements


Conduct hazard identification and risk assessment


Ensure job site is prepared in accordance with specified work permit conditions


Check permit conditions and report to appropriate personnel


Conduct job site testing in accordance with procedures


Raise and issue work permits


Ensure conditions are documented on permit


Ensure appropriate testing is carried out and results documented in accordance with procedures


Determine an appropriate validity period


Check that permit conditions are met (i.e. validate permit)


Complete and authorise permit


Ensure recipient is advised of and agrees to abide by the requirements of the permit


Ensure recipient signs permit


Monitor work for compliance


Ensure regular job site inspections are done


Monitor conditions and work progress and respond appropriately to changing conditions and circumstances


Ensure permit currency and revalidate as required


Ensure permit is displayed in accordance with procedures


Identify and act on incidences of non-compliance and report promptly to relevant personnel


Withdraw/cancel permit if conditions warrant it


Report any issues which arise with regard to work under the permit in accordance with procedures


Receive end of day report


Receive end of day report from permit recipients


Confirm job progress and status.


Revalidate/arrange for revalidation of permit as required


Confirm work area has been left safe


Handover ongoing permits and status of suspended permits to oncoming shift


Close work permit


Inspect job status


Check that work undertaken satisfies permit conditions


Ensure that work site is ready for a safe return to working conditions


Check required returns to work status have been completed


Sign off documentation and close permit in accordance with procedures


Communicate worksite and process status to relevant personnel

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Regulatory framework 

The latest version of all legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice and Australian/international standards, or the version specified by the local regulatory authority, must be used, and include one or more of the following:

  • legislative requirements, including work health and safety (WHS)
  • industry codes of practice and guidelines
  • environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Australian and other standards
  • licence and certification requirements
  • Dangerous Goods regulations
  • Hazardous substances regulations
  • Hazardous Substances Information System
  • Australian Standard AS 2865 2009 Confined spaces
  • Australian Standard AS 1674 Set-2007, Safety in welding and allied processes (covers all hot work)
  • Australian Standard AS 4024.1-2014 Series - Safety of machinery
  • Australian Standard AS/NZ 1715:2009 Selection use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment
  • National Standard for Plant [NOHSC:1010 (1994)]
  • National exposure standards for atmospheric contaminants in the occupational environment [NOHSC:1003 (1995)]


All operations are must be performed in accordance with relevant procedures.

Procedures are written, verbal, visual, computer-based or in some other form, and include one or more of the following:

  • emergency procedures
  • workplace procedures
  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • temporary instructions
  • company policy and permit control systems

Work permits 

Work permits include one or more of the following:

  • cold work
  • excavation
  • vehicle entry
  • minor repairs
  • working at heights
  • hot work
  • confined space
  • electrical
  • increased hazard
  • permits covering a single plant or plant area, such as might be an operator s scope of responsibility
  • other relevant permits

The work permit system 

The work permit system includes:

  • types of permits
  • legislative/regulatory/standards framework
  • roles and responsibilities of parties under the permit system
  • specifications for undertaking the work covered by a permit
  • alternative ways of conducting a job

Work specifications 

Work specifications include:

  • any requirements for testing of atmospheric conditions and ventilation
  • safety structures and control measures
  • communication
  • incident response
  • equipment which can and cannot be used

Safety structures and control measures 

Safety structures and control measures include one or more of the following:

  • isolations
  • lockout/tag out
  • barriers and signage
  • emergency response
  • gas testing/atmosphere monitoring
  • standby person
  • other measures specified in the permit

Confined space 

AS 2865 2009 Confined spaces definition given for confined space is used in this Training Package, i.e.:

'An enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not intended or designed primarily for human occupancy, within which there is a risk of one or more of the following:

(a) An oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range

(b) A concentration of airborne contaminant that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation

(c) A concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion

(d) Engulfment in a stored free-flowing solid or a rising level of liquid that may cause suffocation or drowning

Hot work 

Hot work includes:

  • any activity which has the potential to be or cause a source of ignition


Hazards include one or more of the following:

  • slip/trip hazards
  • PPE unavailable and not functional
  • emergency equipment unavailable
  • smoke, darkness and heat
  • heat, smoke, dust or other atmospheric hazards
  • electricity
  • gas
  • gases and liquids under pressure
  • structural hazards
  • structural collapse
  • equipment in unsafe condition with hazard controls not functional
  • industrial (machinery, equipment and product)
  • equipment or product mass
  • noise, rotational equipment or vibration
  • limited head spaces or overhangs
  • working at heights, in restricted or confined spaces, or in environments subjected to heat, noise, dusts or vapours
  • fire and explosion
  • flammability and explosivity
  • hazardous products and materials
  • unauthorised personnel
  • sharp edges, protrusions or obstructions, swarf and scrap
  • spills or leaks
  • extreme weather
  • unsafe conditions developing through failure to conform with the provisions of a work permit
  • hazards created by the nature or location of the work
  • hazards created by the proximity of the work to other work or normal operations
  • other hazards that might arise

Unit Mapping Information

Release 2. Addition of information missing from the Assessment Requirements. Equivalent.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER300C Issue work permits


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 2. Addition of information missing from the Assessment Requirements. Equivalent.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER300C Issue work permits

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and demonstrate the ability to:

  • recognise types of work permits required for different situations
  • undertake and interpret hazard analysis
  • conduct and interpret tests/inspections for gas or other hazards, including one or more of:
  • atmospheric, including explosivity
  • flammability
  • toxicity
  • temperature
  • humidity
  • combustibles, oxygen, enriched or reduced
  • electricity
  • stored pressure/energy
  • ensure correct preparation of worksite is undertaken, including one or more of:
  • mechanical, electrical and other energy sources, and process isolations
  • de-energising all sources of energy/pressure
  • purging of plant
  • ventilation of plant
  • lockout/tag out procedures
  • blinding/blanking lines
  • other hazard controls
  • ensure supervision/monitoring of people working under the permit
  • speak clearly and unambiguously in the language of the worksite.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • the organisation's work control system
  • types of permits and their application
  • hazards of the area for which permit is being issued
  • hazards that may be created by the interactions of the permit, the job, the process and the plant area
  • focus of operation of work systems and equipment.

Assessment Conditions

  • Competency must be achieved before performing this work unsupervised. Therefore this unit will typically be assessed off the job. Where assessment is undertaken on the job appropriate supervision and safety precautions must be provided.
  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should provide evidence of the ability to perform over the range of situations which might be expected to be encountered, including typical disruptions to normal, smooth work conditions
  • will require the issuing of example permits for realistic case study situations
  • may use industry-based simulation particularly where safety, lack of opportunity or significant cost is an issue.
  • Off-the-job assessment must sufficiently reflect realistic operational workplace conditions that cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment in a simulated environment should use evidence collected from one or more of:
  • walk-throughs
  • demonstration of skills
  • industry based case studies/scenarios
  • what ifs .
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.


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