Hot work

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