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Hot works

 Hot Works consist of cutting, grinding, welding, brazing or other operations that involve heat. It only takes one spark in the wrong place to cause a disaster. Therefore, you must take the proper precaution when performing hot work. Never get complacent or try to cut corners when working with hot works. Always think safety first.  

Hot Work Safety Measures: 

  • All equipment must be inspected  
  • Remove ignitable debris that are 35 feet or closer  
  • Use approved welding curtains or covers that cannot be moved 
  • Always prep the other side 
  • Seal or cover any cracks or openings in the walls or floors within 35 feet of hot work  
  • Always have a fire extinguishers available  
  • Always have on the proper PPE 
  • Always record your hot work permit once completion of job or task  

 If your company already has a designated hot work area, always use that area. If they do not, talk with you employer to create a designed hot work area. Hot work permits are not required when working in these areas. Below are the requirements for a designated hot work area: 

Designated Hot Work Areas: 

  • They should not contain combustible materials, liquids, or vapors present  
  • Working surfaces that are not combustible  
  • Appropriate ventilation: natural or mechanical  
  • A fire extinguisher nearby  
  • Proper separation from general work areas 

Non-Designated Hot Work Areas Requirements: 

  • A hot work permit is mandatory before working 
  • It must be issued by the PAI (Permit Authorizing Individual) 
  • They must verify that all precautionary measures have been taken and determine the length of time that the permit is valid. They should not contain combustible materials, liquids, or vapors present  
  • Working surfaces that are not combustible  
  • Appropriate ventilation: natural or mechanical  
  • A fire extinguisher nearby  
  • Proper separation from general work areas 

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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