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Hot Works (Open Flame/Spark-producing) Permit Policy (117.003)

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UWMF SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Subject: Hot Works (Open Flame/Spark-producing) Permit Policy
Effective Date: 12/02 Approved: Mike Holman, Safety Manager
Supersedes Policy Date: Revision #
Distribution: U Connect

Reviewed


DEFINITIONS
Hot work: is any work involving gas or electric welding, cutting, burning, brazing,
soldering or similar flame or spark-producing operations.

Fire Watcher: when a welding, cutting or heating operation is such that normal fire
prevention precautions are not sufficient, a fire watcher shall be assigned to guard
against fire during the hot work. This person must not have any other duties during the
hot work and will continue the fire watch for a minimum of 30 minutes after the
completing the work.

POLICY STATEMENTS:
This policy is intended to prevent fires associated with hot work operations. Persons
wanting to conduct hot work must obtain a permit from Facilities or the site supervisor
before such activity occurs and comply with all requirements on the permit.

PROCEDURES:
I. Initiating a Hot Works Permit
A. Person(s) wanting to conduct hot work must obtain a permit (see Attachment
A). This permit will be issued by Facilities initially and each time thereafter. If
a permit is needed and Facilities is unable to issue, the site supervisor will
contact Facilities to inform them of the hot work and issue the permit in
accordance with the policy.

II. Issuing a Hot Works Permit
A. The person issuing the permit will review the list of hot work precautions with
the worker and provide emergency contact information as necessary. These
precautions are summarized on both sides of the hot work permit. In all
cases, the site supervisor must be notified that hot work is being done.

III. Performing Hot Work
A. The worker will affix the hot work permit to a visible place in the work area.
The permit must remain posted until work is completed. The worker is
responsible for conducting the hot work within the authorized parameters and
time limit set by the permit.



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IV. Completing Hot Work
A. When the hot work is completed, the firewatcher will remain for at least 30
minutes, carefully inspecting the work area and adjacent area(s) for the
possibility of any smoldering fires.
B. After the fire watch, the permit will be completed and returned to the site
supervisor. If welding or cutting operations were conducted, the site
supervisor or designee will recheck the hot work area 2 hours after receiving
the completed permit. This may mean instructing the worker to complete
hot work earlier to ensure the fire watch and follow-up can be done
before closing the facility.
C. After ensuring the permit is completed, the site supervisor will sign and
forward the permit to Facilities. Completed permits will be stored for at least 5
years.

ATTACHMENT A
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INSTRUCTIONS
1. Person doing Hot Work: Indicate time started
and post permit at Hot Work location. After
Hot Work, indicate time completed and leave
permit posted for Fire Watch.

2. Fire Watch: Monitor area for at least 30
minutes. Do a final inspection, sign and
return to site supervisor.


















FIRE WATCH SIGNOFF
The area and adjacent areas to which sparks and
heat might have spread were inspected during
the fire watch and were found fire safe.

Signed:

UWMF FINAL CHECKUP
Work area was monitored during hot work and
30 minutes thereafter. A final check was done 2
hours after welding or cutting work.

UWMF Signature:








NOTE: all boxes must be checked or marked n/a
REQUIRED PRECAUTIONS CHECKLIST
 Available sprinklers, hose streams and
extinguishers are in service/operable.
 Hot work equipment in good repair.
 Hot work worker is qualified and trained to
use such equipment.

REQUIREMENTS WITHIN 35 FEET
 Flammable liquids, dust and oily deposits
removed.
 Explosive atmosphere in area eliminated.
 Floors swept clean.
 Combustible floors wet down, covered with
damp sand or fire-resistant tarps.
 Remove other combustibles where possible.
Otherwise, use fire-resistant tarps or metal
shielding.
 All wall and floor openings covered.
 Fire-resistant tarps suspended beneath work.

WORK ON WALLS OR CEILINGS
 Construction is noncombustible and without
combustible covering or insulation.
 Combustibles on other side of walls moved
away.

WORK ON ENCLOSED EQUIPMENT
 Enclosed equip. cleaned of combustibles.
 Container purged of flammable
vapors/liquids.
 Pressurized vessels, piping and equipment
removed from service, isolated or vented.

FIRE WATCH
 Fire watch will be provided during hot work
(including coffee breaks/lunches) and for 30
minutes after completion.
 Fire watch is supplied with suitable
extinguisher.
 Fire watch is trained on use of extinguisher
and fire alarm activation.
LOCATION/BUILDING AND FLOOR #
NATURE OF JOB: DATE:

NAME OF PERSON DOING HOT WORK:


I verify the above location has been examined,
the precautions checked on the Required
Precautions Checklist have been taken to prevent
fire, and permission is authorized for this work.
TIME (am/pm) TIME (am/pm)
PERMIT STARTS: PERMIT EXPIRES:


WARNING!
HOT WORK IN PROGRESS
WATCH FOR FIRE!


ATTACHMENT A
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SEE BACKSIDE FOR EMERGENCY
NUMBERS

WARNING!

HOT WORK (open flame/spark-producing)
IN PROGRESS
WATCH FOR FIRE!











IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY: CALL 911

CALL: __________________________________________________________________

AT: __________________________________________________________________

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