Observe Permit Work

MSMPER202 – Observe Permit Work

This course is designed for people seeking certification or re-accreditation to perform the safety observer role. The safety observer role is often referred to as a fire watcher, hole watcher or stand-by person. The primary role of a safety observer is to observe and interpret the work permit; develop and be prepared to enact a rescue/ incident response plan; maintain communication with all the workers on the site; and ensure the work is being conducted in accordance with the permit conditions and workplace procedures. The scenarios specifically covered in this course include confined space and hot work.

Participants will learn to distinguish what constitutes permit work; key terminology; as well as understand the regulations and legislative requirements governing safety observations. Participants will learn to identify hazards and emergencies as well as implement appropriate control measures; read and interpret risk assessments and the work permit system. Safety observers can stop permit work, but do not have the authority to restart it. This unit of competency applies to a member of the work team or an operator who performs this role.

Please note, where the person is a safety observer for the confined space permit they should also be competent in confined space entry.

Provider of Training and Assessment

This course “Training and assessment delivered on behalf of Allens Training RTO 90909” by Safe Act Pty Ltd
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Important information prior to enrolment

Unit Being Delivered

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

  • MSMPER202 – Observe permit work

To view full unit details please visit www.training.gov.au


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Course Duration (face to face)

  • Face to Face – 4 hours (minimum) – full face to face course.
  • Refresher training – 3 hours (minimum) – conditions apply for this option, for example, you will need to provide previous current certificates.

Work Placement Arrangements

No work placement will be required as part of this course.

Learners Rights, Responsibilities and Support, including Complaints

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website https://allenstraining.com.au/students/student-handbook for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Course Fees and Payments

  • Please refer to our booking calendar for individual course fees.
  • Refund and fee protection policy – Please refer to the student handbook.
  • Payment Terms – Payment for individual participants is upfront, group booking payment terms are based on agreement between the client and service provider.
  • Group Prices – We do have Group Prices for up to ten or up to twenty participants phone for a quote

Assessment Requirements

Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

Entry Requirements

An individual undertaking this course with Allens Training Pty Ltd will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:

  • Sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course including the ability to read and interpret safety and hazard control requirements of permit conditions; speak clearly and concisely with the Permit Issuer and the team/work group to coordinate the workflow and organisational procedures as well as explain and coordinate safety and incident response procedures and enact a rescue/ incident response plan. Numeracy is required to the level of being able to correctly differentiate between high and low pressures and temperatures, voltages or masses and interpret gas test/monitoring results.
  • Basic computer skills to complete workplace forms and reports

Assessment Activities

Performance tasks and practical scenarios:

  • Observe two work permits (confined space and hot work) and monitor conformance to permit conditions
  • Interpret and check documentation correctly outlines appropriate control measures for the risks and hazards identified in the two scenarios
  • Identify concerns and correct any control measures to ensure the rescue/ incident response plan is workable
  • Prepare a workable rescue/incident response plan for a confined space scenario based on the completed JSEA/ SWMS and permit documentation
  • Communicate and coordinate workflow and rescue/ incident plan with Permit Issuer and work team
  • Communicate effectively with team/work group and other personnel to:
    • Explain and implement safety and incident response procedures
    • Explain the requirements of the permit
    • Withdraw or cause work to cease outside permit conditions
    • Control entry to and exit from the job site
    • Handover to oncoming safety observer (including the paperwork on permit aspect)


  • Prepare a workable rescue/incident response plan based on the completed JSEA/ SWMS and permit documentation
  • Complete workplace forms and reports to close permits and complete Stand-by person/ Safety Observer documentation

Theory assessment: A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice questions.