Hot work continues to be a leading cause of industrial fires and responsible for many of the most severe fire losses. Hot work is often associated welding and cutting, but it also includes any work that produces excess heat, such as burning, brazing, grinding, soldering, thermal resistance heating, or torch applied roofing. Having a hot work program is an essential safety component for all construction, remodeling and many other contract services for facilities.
Hot Work Hazardous Impact
Sparks and igneous material from hot work can be scattered more than 35 feet during welding, cutting, and grinding. These sparks and cinders are typically at a temperature above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can easily ignite paper, wood, flammable liquids, vapors, and many other combustibles. Other fire hazards include sparks falling through cracks, hot work performed near partitions, walls or ceilings containing combustible insulation or covering, and hot work done on pipes and other metal that is in contact with combustible walls, ceilings, partitions and roofs.
Hot Work Program Components and Permit
Any company that works with flammable, combustible or ignitable materials or equipment needs a Hot Work Program in writing. The program should include all necessary precautions and a list of safety equipment available such as fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, tarps and coverings for ignitable materials, smoke and heat detectors and gas detection meters. Hot work training and work practices including sweeping, cleaning and inspection during and after the work is completed including lunch breaks should also be outlined in the program. An inspection of the work area before starting needs to be conducted in addition to a signed permit that shows all phases of the work have been inspected and approved.
Having a person dedicated to scan the hot work area looking for potential fires or hot spots is critical when performing hot work. This person should be equipped with a fire extinguisher and a communication device to reach emergency service personnel if needed.
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