Hot Work Protocols

What is hot work?

Hot work is when there is work happening that produces sparks, open flame, or any other source that might cause a fire. So when a worker is cutting, grinding, soldering or welding there is a higher chance of a fire happening. The process involves the use of blow torches, gases, grinders and flammable liquids.

What are hot work protocols?

This is the steps that need to be taken to reduce the chance of a fire happening. It is also part of the training that a professional tradesman learns. This process is required by the insurance companies and is regulated under the Occupational Health and Safety division of the individual provinces, territories and states.

Ecclesiastical Insurance has provided the following hot work protocol that they insist be in place when hot work is being done.

  • Have a ‘Hot Work Permit’ system in place. The permit should include details such as the nature of the work, the location, time period allotted, completion date, a “final check” time, and a checklist of precautions that must be carried out.
  • Hot work should only be carried out by qualified workers.
  • Monitor all work being undertaken by contractors and ensure that contractors are aware of the location of fire extinguishers.
  • A dry chemical fire extinguisher should be present on the work site while work is being completed.
  • The worksite should be inspected daily by a responsible official while the work is ongoing, and a fire watch maintained for at least two hours following the completion of each day’s work.
  • Remove all combustible materials used for the work from the site at the end of each day. Store combustible building materials (e.g., flammable liquids, gas cylinders, paint, etc.) outside and well away from the building. Gas cylinders should not be left on the roof.
  • Ensure that the area where the work is being completed is well ventilated.
  • If possible, wet down the area before work is completed.
  • No smoking on or near the work site.
  • Remove all combustible materials within 30 feet of the work site. Combustible materials within the vicinity that cannot be removed should be covered with a fire-resistive shielding to avoid any contact with the flame.
  • Ensure you have proof of insurance coverage from the contractor (i.e. a certificate of insurance).
  • Inform your insurers of the work being done.

You do not want to find yourself in a claim situation because the protocols were not completed. Protect yourself. Control your insurance.