Risk Engineering Services: Hot Work Permit Kit
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A hot work permit is required for any operation involving open flames or producing heat or sparks, including brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering, torch applied roofing and welding.
Hot work includes but is not limited to:
- welding and soldering
- open flame operations
- torch applied roofing
- torch applied piping
- grinding and cutting
- any operation which can produce sparks or heat
Hot work is one of the leading sources of ignition developing into fire scenarios. These fires can be controlled by sprinklers or the fire brigade, but the damage caused by smoke and water is usually substantial. The larger threat is when a fire becomes uncontrolled, spreading to all areas of your facility and resulting in a total loss.
In most cases, if not all, the loss could have been completely prevented with safe working methods, a strong hot work policy and enforcement by management and employees.
The hot work permit provides contractors, employees and the authorised permit manager a clear set of expectations and precautions that must be followed to help prevent a fire from unnecessarily occurring. Ensuring your facility, building or plant is operational tomorrow is the responsibility of everybody today.
RISCAuthority hot work resources
Who is RISCAuthority? RISCAuthority is an annually funded research scheme supported by a significant group of UK insurers. Their research supports the development and dissemination of best practice with the goal of better protecting properties and businesses.
- A 25 minute video on hot work is available free of charge from RISCAuthority (UK)
- RISCAuthority (UK) have also produced a free software tool to help manage hot work risks at point of entry