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Permit to Work: Understanding the Purpose and Intent of the Process

People need to understand the purpose and intent of the process of Permit To Work. When they understand this, they will realize that this is not a tick-the-box exercise—that this has life-or-death consequences.

When the process itself is simplified to the point that the common person can use it, you will start to see the power of Permit To Work on a daily basis. Letting people know purpose and intent, sticking to the basics of cross-checking, informing, and using a higher level of risk management and authorization will allow your Permit to Work to endure safe and efficient operations while performing high-risk work.

Finally, I’m going to add a reminder about Permit to Work that applies to all tools: a piece of paper will not save you.”

Excerpt From ‘Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations’ by Kris S. Callen. To buy the full book visit here:


Kris's Bio

After 20 years of working with clients involved in high-risk operations around the globe, Kris founded The Callen Group in April 2017 in order to focus solely on developing and promoting high-performing operational cultures that lead to safe and efficient operations.

He founded Performance Coaching International, served as president from 2005 – 2009, was Senior Vice President at The REACH Group from 2009 – 2017, and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. In addition, he was highly involved in the mergers of Global Marine and SantaFe, Hercules, and TODCO as well as Talisman’s North Sea Operations transfer from Total. Kris remains on the cutting edge of advances in the area of behavioral safety, predominately in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kris’ career has taken him to 90 countries training over 35,000 people. He has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of Behavioral Safety Processes with Enterprise Offshore, Orion Drilling, Hercules Offshore, as well as the former GlobalSantaFe which is now Transocean. In 2019 Kris authored the book “Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” published by PennWell. This book outlines a clear roadmap for bringing many cultures together and simplifying the safety tools that are used day in and out.

Kris holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Belhaven University, Jackson Mississippi, in Accounting and in Business Administration. He is passionate about creating a performance culture where safety and efficiency go hand in hand. He currently divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, Tampa, Florida, and Houston, Texas, and has four grown sons: Braxton, Taylor, Joshua, and Noah.