Hot work, that is work that produces a spark, flame, or heat (such as welding, soldering, or grinding) requires a permit.
The permit system is used to identify risks associated with hot work, as well as measures to reduce their risks.
Generally, a hot work permit requires the identification of the following:
- What equipment will be used to complete the hot work?
- Is equipment in good working condition?
- Are UV shields in place?
- Work Location
- Where will work be completed?
- Will work be completed in more than 1 area? If so, more than one permit may be required
- Has the work area been cleaned?
- Have workers been properly trained to do the work at hand?
- Have workers been trained in the safe operation of the equipment?
- Atmosphere Conditions
- Is the atmosphere explosive?
- Area Safety Precautions
- Are appropriate fire extinguishers accessible?
- Is the building’s sprinkler system operational?
- Combustible Materials
- Is the area free from combustible materials?
- Have flammable liquids, dust, lint and oily deposits been moved more than 35 feet from the work area?
- Have all enclosed equipment been cleaned and protected from all combustibles?
- Have ducts that could transport sparks to combustible materials been identified?
- Fire Watchers
- Have fire watchers been assigned for during and 30 minutes after hot work?
- Have fire watchers been trained in the use of equipment to be used?
- Have fire watchers been supplied with appropriate extinguishers and hoses?
- Are fire watchers trained in sounding alarm?
Permit systems may vary depending on your location. Check with local authorities to ensure you have the correct permit.