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Word-of-the-Month: Hot Work

Hot Work
Hot work encompasses any activity which results in sparks, fire, molten slag, or hot material which has the potential to cause fires or explosions. Examples of hot work on construction sites include burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire or spark producing tools or other work that produces a source of ignition.

Workers executing any hot work must obtain a Hot Work Permit. A Hot Work Permit is a formal checklist to ensure that potential safety issues are addressed in the area hot work is being completed. Some think of the Hot Work Permit as another piece of paper to fill out, however, enough injuries and fires have occurred during these types of operations to prove its usefulness.

Requirements
Hot Work Permit requirements include (but are not limited to) removing flammable and combustible materials within a 35-foot radius of hot work or covering them with fire retardant tarps; covering any openings or cracks in walls, floors, or ducts that are potential travel passages for sparks, heat, and flames; preventing false activation of sprinkler heads and smoke detectors in the area; posting a Fire Watch during and after the hot work operations; and having a dedicated fire extinguisher within 10-feet of the hot work operations.

On average, Stahl has 20 Hot Work Permits approved each week. Once the above example of Stahl’s Hot Work Permit is completed and approved, the white permit is displayed in the jobsite trailer and the yellow permit is displayed in location of where the work is occurring.