You may be assigned to client worksites, who, at times, perform work (e.g. welding) which may require hot work procedures and this policy is intended for that purpose.
It is generally understood that GigHound’s policy is limited to providing general information and instruction with regards to Hot Work but that our Client worksite Hot Work Procedures or similar policies will apply to the particular worksite. It is the Client’s responsibility to provide site specific training in this regard.
Hot Work General Information
Hot Work is defined as:
Any process that may generate an uncontrolled spark or flame that could be a danger to a workplace. This includes, but is not limited to: brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering, thawing pipe, torch applied roofing and welding. Note: many of the following hazards may be avoided due to our Prohibitive Work List.
Physical Hazards may include:
- Visible light
- X-rays & gamma rays
- Extreme temperatures
- Electrical energy
- Stray currents
Chemical Hazards may include:
Biological Hazards may include:
There is always a threat of a fire or explosion occurring when performing hot work. This results from either chemicals reacting with one another to form explosive or flammable mixtures or sparks from cutting and grinding.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
It is imperative that the Client provides specific instructions on what PPE may be required to perform hot work at their work location. Some PPE to consider:
- Welding helmets and shield
- Welding screens
- Hearing protection (ear plugs)
- Fire proof clothing
- Leather gloves
- Leather apron
- Leather chaps
Protective Measures to Consider and Look for at a Client Site:
- Particular precautions must be adhered to when welding or cutting in a dusty or gaseous environment.
- Adequate ventilation must be provided. This may include the use of a portable ventilation system.
- The area in which the hot work is being completed must be cleared of combustibles, screened off with the proper welding screens and provided with suitable fire extinguishers.
- Hoses and cables must be protected against damage.
- Never feed oxygen from the cylinder into a confined area. *Reminder, confined space work is prohibited.
- Protect cylinders, hoses, legs and feet when flame welding. Put stub ends of welding rods in a suitable refuse container.
- Never allow oil or grease to come into contact with oxygen or oxy-acetylene equipment or a hose.
- Fire watch personnel may be supplied with the proper extinguishers at some client work locations.
- Monitoring of the area, during and after the hot work has been performed, may also be required by trained staff.
Hot Work Permits:
- A hot work permit may be required by clients when welding, cutting, burning etc. is performed in an area where it is not normally done.
For example: a hot work permit may not be required in a permanent welding shop/area.
- Hot work permits will follow the clients’ policy.
Hot Work Training:
The training will be provided by the client. The workers will be trained in hot work and the technical and safety aspects of their work. The training will include but not be limited to:
- Hazard identification
- Safe welding, brazing, cutting procedures
- Fire and safety precautions
- Control methods
- Proper use and maintenance of the welding equipment
- Proper use and maintenance of the personal protective equipment
- Proper use and completion of the hot work permit (if applicable)