Hot works

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Hot work can be any work where heat, sparks or naked flames are produced (such as welding, grinding or soldering).

If you are undertaking hot works you must work in accordance with the site rules for hot works. This often means obtaining a hot-work permit from your supervisor or site management.

What a hot-work permit will tell you

  • What you must do before you start and when you can start work.
  • How to prevent sparks, heat and flames from spreading.
  • Which type of fire extinguisher you should have available.
  • The site rules about maintaining a fire watch during the hot-work activity and for how long after the end of the hot works the fire watch must be maintained.
  • When you must stop.
  • When you must go back and check the area (usually a minimum of one or two hours after hot work ends, but clients may specify longer periods dependent on the risks involved).
You should be informed of fire safety and evacuation procedures during your site induction (for example, the means of raising the alarm, what the fire alarm will sound like, when weekly testing will take place and the location of fire-fighting equipment and fire assembly points).
If you hear the fire alarm you must stop work and go to the fire assembly point immediately.