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Hot Work Permit

Last updated: October 27, 2018

What Does Hot Work Permit Mean?

A hot work permit is a permit that is needed in some countries, and on some jobsites, in order to perform work that involves a source of ignition when flammable materials are in the vicinity or that can be considered a fire hazard. Welding, soldering, cutting and brazing are all considered hot work, as is grinding and drilling in the presence of flammable materials

Safeopedia Explains Hot Work Permit

A hot work permit allows employers to maintain safety and control over potentially hazardous hot work operations. The hot work permit system reinforces to workers the safety requirements of their work situation. Under the hot work permit system, a firewatcher is required to oversee a hot work site for at least 30 minutes after the completion of the job. Most fires associated with hot work start after the job has been completed as a result of smoldering sparks.



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