Hot work refers to any operation or task that produces a heat source that could injure a worker or can act as a source of ignition resulting in a fire and/or explosion.
Workers that are involved in hot work such as welding, cutting, soldering, and grinding are at risk of fires and leaks of flammable gas. Potential hazards include burns, grind-related injuries, and injuries from sparks.
A hot work program should contain:
- Documented identification of all tasks involving hot work
- Hazard identification/risk assessment
- Adequate safe work procedures for hot work
- Training and supervision of all workers and contractors who perform hot work