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Based on: 29 CFR Subpart Q: Welding, Cutting, and Brazing NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work

Languages: Available in 3 languages

Sample Transcript

The permit issuer must assign a fire watch to the hot work site, if there is a chance of anything other than a minor fire developing. A fire watch is also required if: combustible materials in building construction are located less than 35 feet from the hot work site, combustible materials are located more than 35 feet away from the hot work but are easily combustible, wall or floor openings within 35 feet of the hot work expose combustible materials in adjacent areas, including concealed spaces in walls or floors, combustible materials are adjacent to the opposite side of partitions, walls, ceilings, or roofs, and are likely to be ignited. The fire watch must stay in position during all hot work, during all breaks for lunch or other reasons, and for 30 minutes after hot work has been completed. The permit issuer may require the fire watch to stay in position for longer than 30 minutes if fire hazards merit the extension. If one fire watch is not capable of directly observing all the combustible materials that can be ignited by the hot work, one or more additional fire watches will be required.

Hot Work Safety

Training Time: 28 minutes

This course covers basic guidelines and best work practices for performing hot work safely. Before welding, cutting, or brazing metal or performing any work that could generate enough heat or sparks to start a fire, everyone involved should be properly trained on the fundamentals of hot work safety. Based on NFPA 51B and 29 CFR Subpart Q regarding welding, cutting, brazing, and other hot work, this course is intended to help workers recognize the potential hazards of hot work and avoid injuries and property damage by properly planning, preparing for, and performing hot work.

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“Great hot work safety video! This course is perfect for training our clients. The built-in tests are very helpful as well.”- Steve C. - Atlanta, GA

3D Render Showing Who's Responsible for Hot Work Safety

Everyone at a workplace is responsible for making sure that hot work is performed safely.

3D Render on Training All Workers on Hot Work Safety

Train all workers on hot work procedures.

3D Render of Fire Watch being Trained on how to use a Fire Extinguisher

The fire watch must be trained to use fire extinguishing equipment properly and have the equipment readily available at all times when observing the hot work site.

Learning Objectives

  • Define "hot work"
  • Describe who’s responsible for hot work
  • Identify the roles of management, permit issuer, hot work operator, and fire watch
  • Describe when and where to perform hot work
  • Identify special work considerations
  • Describe contractors and their role in hot work
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Hot Work Safety FAQs

What is hot work?
Any work that uses an open flame or generates heat or sparks that could cause a fire?

What types of work are typically associated with hot work?
Welding, soldering, cutting, brazing, and even drilling, grinding, and the use of powder-actuated tools.

What are the four different “roles” involved in hot work?
Management, permit issuer, hot work operator, fire watch.

What is the role of management in hot work?
In short, it is to ensure that hot work is performed safely on site.

What is the role of the permit issuer in hot work?
In short, this is the person that management authorizes to issue hot work permits to hot work permit operators.

What is the role of the hot work operator in hot work?
This is the person (or persons) who performs hot work. He or she must follow all hot work safety procedures.

What is the role of the fire watch in hot work?
This person is present while hot work is performed and for 30 minutes after it has been completed. The fire watch is there to ensure safe conditions are maintained and to put out any fires that occur.

What is a designated hot work area?
This is the first place you should try to do hot work when it’s necessary. It’s a place that’s free of materials that can explode or catch fire, that’s constructed of fire-resistant or non-combustible materials, and that’s separated from other work areas.

What is a permit-required hot work area?
An area where hot work can be performed, but only after a hot work permit is issued.

What is a hot work permit?
A permit that must be received before hot work begins (unless the hot work happens in a designated hot work area). The hot work permit is signed by the hot work permit issuer and the hot work operator.

Where can I find a sample hot work permit?
Check out the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work.

What about performing hot work within a confined space?
There are additional permits to acquire and precautions to follow.

What kind of PPE should be worn during hot work?
This may vary, but consider flame-resistant clothing, flame-resistant gloves, eye protection including welding helmet, safety shoes, and a respirator.

Is it necessary to train contractors on hot work issuers at my work place?
Yes, and they should be covered by your hot work permit process too.

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