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Approval to Work Checklist

Last modified: November 20, 2019
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As part of Workplace, Health and Safety procedures many organisations have defined “Approval to Work checklists” which remind employees of basic safety checks. These checklists must be completed prior to starting any work and must be lodged with the relevant safety officer at the organisation. They include things like

  • Job Name
  • Date
  • Start Time
  • Finish Time
  • Total Hours
  • Description of work
  • Associated Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • Environmental factors, i.e is it sunny, is raining
  • Checklists of potential permits required
  • Checklists of potential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Workers name date and signature
  • Customers name date and signature

Associated Documents

  • WHS procedures

Internal Compliance

Checklists must be completed before prior to starting any work and if the work takes more than a day, many companies require the checklist to be completed at the beginning of every day or every shift.

External Compliance

Based on the principle of “Duty of Care”, not just to staff but also to contractors, some organisations require “Approval to Work” forms to be completed by their own staff or contractors before any work is carried out on their premises.

Also known as

Not that we are aware of yet. Not to be confused with the “Take 5” safety check


None that we are aware of yet.

2nd level attributes

None that we are aware of yet.

Renewal or Maintenance Frequency

Checklists are completed every day, every shift… 

The templates should be reviewed at least every 5 years, if not yearly. 

Geographic Relevance

Pretty much globally

Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards

Local WHS regulations

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