Hot Work / Fire Watch
Hot work continues to be a leading cause of industrial fires, consistently in the top five across all industries, and it has been responsible for many of industry’s most severe fire losses.
Hot work is often synonymous with welding and cutting but also includes any work activity with potential to produce ignition sources or excess heat, such as burning, brazing, grinding, soldering, thermal resistance heating, or torch applied roofing.
Do you have any of these in your workplace or facility?
- Sparks can fall through cracks and other floor openings, thus starting fires in hidden locations.
- Ducts and conveyor systems can carry sparks to distant combustibles.
- Hot work done near a partition, wall, ceiling, or roof that has a combustible covering or insulation, or on walls or partitions of combustible sandwich-type panel construction, can lead to ignition.
- Hot work on one side of a wall can ignite combustibles on the other side.
- Hot work on pipes or other metal that is in contact with combustible walls, partitions, ceilings, roofs, or other combustibles can lead to ignition through conductive heating.
- With containers and piping, there is the possibility of explosions, fires, and the release of toxic vapors or fumes.
Contact C&R Compliance today to build a Hot Work Safety Program or for an inspection or audit of your hot work areas.