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Scope and Application:
This program is designed to prevent injury and loss of property from fire or explosion as a result of hot work in all FHSU spaces and activities.
It covers: welding, brazing, soldering, heat treating, grinding, powder-actuated tools, hot riveting and all other similar applications producing a spark, flame, or heat.
This program does not cover use of: candles, laboratory activities, pyrotechnics or special effects, cooking equipment, electric soldering irons or torch-applied roofing (See NFPA 241).
All hot work performed by outside contractors shall be in conformance with NFPA 51B at a minimum.
Hot work operations in confined spaces require additional safeguards and are addressed in the FHSU Confined Spaces Policy.
Hot work on and near building systems and piping may require additional safeguards and are addressed in Lockout/Tagout Policy.
Competent Hot Work Supervisor (CHWS). For FHSU employees the CHWS shall have successfully completed competent person training and examination to be considered competent. For outside contractors the hot work supervisor shall be identified and the name provided to the project manager. The CHWS cannot be the hot work operator. Failure to properly adhere to the Hot Work Procedures shall result in suspension of competent person authority and possible disciplinary action.
Designated Area. Permanent location designed for or approved by a CHWS for hot work operations to be performed regularly.
Hot Work. Any work involving welding, brazing, soldering, heat treating, grinding, hot riveting and all other similar applications producing a spark, flame, or heat, or similar operations that are capable of initiating fires or explosions.
Hot Work Permit. A document issued by the CHWS for the purpose of authorizing a specified activity.
Hot Work Operator (HWO). An individual designated by FHSU to perform hot work under the authorization of CHWS.
Welding and Allied Processes. Those processes such as arc welding, oxy-fuel gas welding, open-flame soldering, brazing, thermal spraying, oxygen cutting, and arc cutting.
Competent Hot Work Supervisor (CHWS):The CHWS is responsible for the safe operations of hot work activity under their supervision. These duties include:
When a fire watch is not required, the CHWS shall make a final inspection 1/2 hour after the completion of hot work operations to detect and extinguish possible smoldering fires.
Hot Work Operator (HWO):The hot work operator shall handle the equipment safely and perform work so as not to endanger lives and property. Specific duties include:
The fire watch is an individual posted in specific circumstances, as described above. The function of the fire watch is to observe the hot work and monitor conditions to ensure that a fire or explosion does not occur as a result of the work performed. The fire watch is authorized to stop any unsafe operation or activity. Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Hot Work Operational Requirements:
Hot work is allowed only in areas that are or have been made fire-safe. Hot work may only be performed in either designated areas or permit-required areas.
A designated area is a specific area designed or approved for such work, such as a maintenance shop or a detached outside location that is of noncombustible or fire-resistive construction, essentially free of combustible and flammable contents, and suitable segregated from adjacent areas.
A permit-required area is an area made fire-safe by removing or protecting combustibles from ignition sources. Hot work is not allowed:
Hot Work Permit
Before hot work operations begin in a non-designated location, a completed Hot Work Permit prepared by the CHWS is required. Based on local conditions, the CHWS must determine the length of the period, not to exceed 24 hours, for which the hot work permit is valid.
The following conditions must be confirmed by the CHWS before permitting the hot work to commence: