Control of Work Software

Stay on top of your operational risk in real time with predictive and prescriptive capabilities.

Command a Real-time View of the Operational Reality

Control of Work

Harness the complexity and power of your data to make better business decisions.

Control of Work now has new powerful, updated features.

• Improved user interface
• Interactive piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
• Permit to Work functionality
• Isolation management flexibility
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance

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Manage complexity with ease.

With greater insight comes greater control: Sphera’s Control of Work tools help you manage activities and risk in a joined-up way.

Permit to Work

Shift the management of activities from permits to real-time, systemwide control. Strengthen compliance and the work permission process by integrating information from permits, risk assessments and isolations. Ensure safety with Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures.

Activity Risk Management

Use greater visibility into the operational reality to improve the management of interdependent risks.

Operations Logbook & Shift Handover

Prepare for an upcoming shift by understanding the previous shift, current events and predictions for shift periods to come.

Process Safety Barrier Management

Use a dynamic process safety barrier model to automatically map all performance deviations, hazardous activities, abnormal conditions and human- and sensor-derived inputs. Simulate in real time the Major Accident Hazard (MAH) risk impact of work activities, risks and process safety-critical equipment in each area of your asset.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Improve your team’s ability to respond quickly and appropriately by ensuring access to response plan information as events unfold.


Streamline your isolation planning with Sphera’s interactive P&ID. It offers quick access to engineering documentation and interactive capabilities for marking up piping and instrumentation diagrams. The tool’s intuitive logic simplifies the process, making your isolation planning more efficient.

Isolation Management

Protect against uncontrolled or unexpected releases of energy with Sphera’s Isolation Management. This powerful tool lets users create a single plan that encompasses multiphase isolation plans for different work stages. Users can also create permits for specific isolation points and dependencies between isolation points for safer, more efficient isolation management.

Dynamic Risk Pathways

Know where to intervene, what to prioritize and when to mitigate risk with the industry’s first real-time process safety digital twin solution. Sphera’s Dynamic Risk Pathways provides the real-time capture, modelling and simulation of causal risk pathways related to specific risk scenarios outlined in bowties, PHAs and other risk assessments.

Control of Work by Industry

Control of Work for Pipelines

Sphera’s Control of Work (CoWfor Pipelines helps pipeline operators improve productivity while reducing risk and ensuring higher levels of compliance with internal and external commitments.

Control of Work for LNG

Sphera’s Control of Work (CoW) for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) helps operators reduce risk, improve compliance and increase safety. With the solution’s robust online / offline mobile capabilities, workers have the information they need when they need it, helping operators ensure best practices are being followed as LNG production scales up or down depending on demand.

Control of Work for Mining

Sphera’s Control of Work (CoW) for Mining helps mine operators and crews reduce risk while improving productivity and enforcing standardization in the metals, mining and mineral processing industries. Mine operators can better oversee the proper use of permits and they can manage activities in real time for higher levels of compliance.

Why Companies Value Sphera

Find out how Sphera helps you manage work activities and risk with best-in-class tools and capabilities.

Standardize Control Over Processes

Ensure compliance and improve the way your work teams manage permissions with Sphera’s Permit to Work software. It combines information from permits, risk assessments and isolations to improve efficiency.

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Connect Disparate Data

Powerful integration capabilities allow you to integrate with your existing IT and business application ecosystem to create a single, shared view of risk.

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Identify and Manage Risk Exposure

Simulate the Major Accident Hazard (MAH) risk impact of work activities, risks and equipment critical for process safety. Sphera’s Permit to Work software helps you do this in each area of your asset in real time.

Identify and Manage Risk Exposure

Deliver Safer, More Efficient Schedules

Before starting a shift, know what happened in the last shift, what’s happening now and what’s likely to happen in upcoming shift periods.

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SpheraCloud® Delivers on Integrated Risk Management

SpheraCloud, our SaaS-based and mobile platform, is built on proven best practices that connect risk areas across the organization. Sphera’s flexible delivery options also include on-premise delivery.


Advanced analytics to power better decisions.


Mobile solutions to capture and deliver information everywhere.


Automatic and universal system updates to reduce maintenance and improve performance.


24/7/365 support from Sphera’s Customer Care Team.

Trusted by Thousands of Companies

Organizations of all sizes work more efficiently and safely with Sphera’s Control of Work system.

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Permit to Work Brochure

Learn how Sphera’s Control of Work system offers a radically different, more intuitive way to simulate and manage work activities and risk.

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2023 Safety Report

Our latest annual report takes a deep dive into the state of process safety and operational risk management across various industries.

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Enter Dynamic Risk Pathways

This e-book takes a retrospective review of a significant refinery loss event and the key lessons learned from it.

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Are you ready for new levels of control?

Learn more about how Sphera’s Control of Work system helps you take full control of your work activities and operational risk.