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Fire Watch Training & Certification

Meets all fire watch training requirements by OSHA & Canada.

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant 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 with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+.

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a fire watch training PowerPoint presentation used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer course.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Fire Watch training course is OSHA compliant, 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.

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

Course Goals:

  • Understand the importance fire watch and how it affects you and those around you
  • Understand common dangers associated with fire watchers
  • Ensure workplace safety with executable practices

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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!

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 Standards

  • 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

What is the fire watch train the trainer course?

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 OSHA compliant 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 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 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)

Fire Watch Training Frequently Asked Questions

How often should fire watch be conducted?

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?

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?

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 watch?

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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— Arthur Lee, CEO