Hot Work and Fire Safety

Because under certain conditions the use of open flame in the workplace can be hazardous, when it occurs during non-standard operations, implementation of a Hot Work program makes perfect sense. For example, if equipment repair includes use of a welding torch, then the permit process would be used. In general, elements of the Hot Work permit program include steps taken to reduce fire hazard; a review and authorization process; the actual printed permit/checklist; availability and use of fire suppression equipment; exclusion areas and/or conditions; instructions and training. See: OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.252. While OSHA’s intent is the protection of employees, am effective hot work program works to protect property and equipment as well.

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