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Fire Watch Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Fire Watch Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Fire Watch certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Fire Watch Training Course?

Our Fire Watch training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Course Outline:

  • Rules and Regulations
  • Fire Watch Operations
    • Pre-shift Inspections
    • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Emergency Response
  • Investigated Case Studies

Course Goals:


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Fire Watch Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • General Industry
    • 1910.252 – Welding, Cutting and Brazing
    • 1910.133 – Eye and Face Protection
    • 1910.38 – Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention Plans
  • Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
    • 1926.352 – Fire Prevention
    • 1926.24 – Fire Protection and Prevention
  • NFPA 51 B – Standard for Fire Protection in Use of Cutting and Welding
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • NFPA 101-3.3.91 – Fire Watch Procedures
  • CCR Title 8 Section 6777 – Hot Work Procedures and Permits
  • CCR Title 8 Section 8397.15 – Fire Watches
  • General Industry Safety Orders Article 88
  • Fire Prevention in Welding and Cutting Operations
  • General Industry Safety Orders Article 90
  • Electric Welding, Cutting, and Heating
  • General Industry Section 3504 – Fire Safety Requirements
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA standard W117.2-12 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes
  • ANSI Z49.1:2012 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Fire Watch Safety Training?

    While OSHA doesn’t have a specific standard for Fire Watch, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”

    This means employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment that is free from fire hazards and other unsafe hot work practices. You and your coworkers have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety, equality, and well-being of all.

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    Did You Know?

    1 in 250 construction workers will suffer fatal injuries from welding over a working lifetime. (Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News)

    An average of 4,630 structure fires involving hot work occur every year. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)

    The risks associated with workplace operations that include welding, cutting, and brazing result in the deaths of approximately 60 workers each year. (Source: U.S. Risk Welding News)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    How often should fire watch be conducted?

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    A fire watcher is required to monitor hot work if there are combustible materials within 35 feet of hot work. Fire watchers may also be present if the hot work supervisor determines one is needed, even if combustible materials are out of harm’s way. It is a good practice to have a fire watcher on hand at the worksite in case unforeseen hazards create dangerous situations.

    What is the purpose of fire watch?

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    The goal of fire watch is simple: watch for fires and keep the workplace safe during hot work operations. If a fire starts, it’s the fire watcher’s responsibility to put it out and restore safe work conditions. Fire watchers are also responsible for stopping unsafe work practices that may lead to a fire.

    Do you need to be certified to be a fire watcher?

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    Fire watchers need to be specially trained and qualified to monitor hot work, though this does not necessarily mean they need to be certified. You need to be physically capable of performing a fire watch, and you need to be trained to use fire extinguishing equipment.

    Can I perform other tasks in addition to being a fire watcher?

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    If you are a fire watcher, your task is to be completely focused on monitoring hot work. Distractions of any kind, even small ones, could prevent you from intervening in an unsafe situation.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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    Updated Fire Watch Safety Training Course

    The Hard Hat Training Series is happy to announce a new and improved Fire Watch Safety Training! We’ve been in the safety business for over 15 years and dedicate ourselves to your safety in the workplace, wherever that may be. This means we put time into our research to give you the best safety guidelines out there; it also means looking back at courses we already have and finding ways to improve.

    This is exactly what we did for our Fire Watch Safety Training! Fire Watch will still cover the content you know and love:

    This was a good start, but now our training course will also cover different fire classifications, how to extinguish them, and the importance of Emergency Action Plans.

    Fire Classification: Fires start in different ways, which is why a classification exists in the first place. The scale is A, B, C, D, and K; your workplace may be prone to one or more of these classes, so it’s best to prepare accordingly.

    Extinguishers: The nice thing about extinguishers is that you have a wide variety at your disposal. They may not be one-size-fits-all, but they come close! Our training will cover best extinguishing methods for different fires, as well as extinguishers that work on multiple classes.

    Emergency Action Plans: This is perhaps the most important new topic Fire Watch will cover and will be part of the Emergency Response module. Accidents happen, but the effects can be mitigated with clear action plans: escape routes, evacuation wardens and their responsibilities, fire prevention housekeeping, and hazard training.