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Hot Work Permits Prevent Accidents

Hot Work Permits Prevent Accidents

Hot Work-related accidents occur every year and can sometimes be fatal. From 2013-2017 fire departments responded to an average of 4,630 structure fires involving hot work per year. Unfortunately, accidents that occur today still result in deaths. Therefore, it is essential and required by OSHA for workers in this field to obtain a Hot Work permit before operating any equipment to prevent such fires.

What is Hot Work

According to OSHA, Hot Work involves work that uses specialized equipment to produce an ignition including welding, grinding and burning. It should be clear how quick things escalate when working under flammable conditions.

What Does a Permit Do?

A Hot Work permit authorizes an employer, as well as their employees, to perform hot work operations. Prior to performing the work, the employer must address any potential dangers surrounding the hot work area and make sure the area is clear of any hazards. A hot work permit should specify the time frame of the project, and, should the project exceed the specified time period, the employer will then retrieve another hot work permit.

How You Can Help Prevent Accidents

Because working with such equipment can be dangerous, here are some ways the Chemical Safety Board says you could prevent accidents in your workplace:

  1. Observe surroundings. Before any contractors or subcontractors perform a hot work project, ensure their surroundings are clear of flammable or combustible materials.
  2. Supervise. If a contractor is unaware of their surrounding equipment, bring it to their attention.
  3. Train. When workers are aware of the dangers of using flammable equipment, they are less likely to act carelessly. Enrolling them in a training program before performing the work decreases the risk of a Hot Work Accident. (OSHA)

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