Buyer’s Guide: Permit To Work Software

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Executive Summary

Demand for permit to work (PTW) software has risen rapidly over the past two years as firms have increasingly realized the dual benefit of controlling real-time risks whilst improving the speed at which safe work can be completed. Implementation of PTW software can be standalone or integrated with other modules such as risk assessment, isolation management and contractor safety. More recently, existing users of the software have leveraged its capabilities to tackle new risk management challenges relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report provides managers with responsibilities in areas such as operations, maintenance and EHS with an overview of the capabilities offered by PTW software providers, and the questions they should ask when assessing which firm to work with. Given that the market is populated with vendors offering varying breadth and depth of capabilities, customers should consider four criteria to shortlist vendors – software scalability, industry expertise, process safety management functionality and contractor safety integration capabilities.

Table of contents

Demand For Permit To Work Software Takes An Upward Trajectory  
The Sophistication Of Permit To Work Software Implementation Differs Across Industries
The Twin Goals Of Safety And Productivity Drive Investment In PTW Software
Three Categories Of Vendors Populate The PTW Software Landscape
Permit To Work Software Has Three Primary Capabilities
Customers Should Apply Four Criteria To Shortlist Best-Fit PTW Software Vendors

Table of figures

Figure 1. Sophistication Of Permit To Work Requirement
Figure 2. Which of these technologies can have the biggest impact on contractor safety?
Figure 3. Permit To Work Vendor Capabilities Assessment 

About the authors

Malavika Tohani

Research Director, Operational Excellence
Malavika leads the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital technologies for Operational Excellence including digital twins and software solutions for industrial risk and asset management. Malavika has over 15 years’ experience in research and strategy consulting. Malavika previously worked at Frost & Sullivan, managing and delivering advisory projects for clients involving expansion, acquisition, benchmarking and product development strategies. Malavika holds a MSc in Economics from Madras School of Economics.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

MD and Global Head of Research
Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over 20 years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

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