Hot Work Safety Program

Hot Work Safety Program

General Overview

This program is to prevent injury, fire and unnecessary fire alarm activations in a building that results from any temporary hot work operation. This includes, but is not limited to cutting, welding, brazing, grinding, soldering, thawing pipe, torch applied roofing or other similar activities. The welding, cutting, brazing and soldering processes expose workers (employees and contractors) to a variety of hazards including; burns, fire, eye damage, possible lung irritation and damage, electric shock, slips and falls, numerous injuries, deaths and considerable property loss occur each year from the hazards associated with hot work operations in the workplace. Most of these injuries, deaths and property losses are preventable. Prior to planning any hot work a safer alternative/method should be pursued. If not possible, then personnel shall follow this program.

The program shall apply to all Bloomsburg University employees, students and contractors that will complete hot work or assist in the hot work process in any building. The Office of Workplace Safety will ensure that work practices and hot work equipment/operations are evaluated to determine if proper fire safety precautions are instituted. For information on the protection or personnel during hot work operations see Section VII Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) of this program, the University’s Personal Protection Equipment program and OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.252. This program does not apply to use of open flame (Bunsen Burner) in laboratory experiments or areas that have been designed and equipped for hot work operations.

Complete details, including definitions, responsibilities, etc., may be viewed at http://bloomu.edu/documents/safety/Hot-Work-Program.pdf

Hot Work Permit

A permit is required for any temporary operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks. This includes, but is not limited to: Brazing, Cutting, Grinding, Soldering, Torch-Applied Roofing and Welding.

The permit is available online at http://www.bloomu.edu/safety-workplace-hotwork-permit