Safety Tip of the Week – Safety in Hot Work

Safety in Hot Work

Welding is a routine job on many worksites. However, this common task has hazards that can result in serious injury and property damage.

Experts estimate that 6% of all fires on industrial properties are caused by welding or cutting. The main cause is the sparks or hot slag welding necessarily produces.


Pre-planning includes a hazard assessment to:

  • Identify existing and potential hazards; and

  • Eliminate or control these hazards.

Questions to consider before beginning hot work:

  • Does everyone understand the scope of the work?
  • Have all the affected employees been notified?page1image13296
  • Have security, emergency response personnel, and affected workers in the area been notified?

  • Has the permit been filled out?

  • Has the area been inspected before hot work is to start?

  • Are all flammables/combustibles removed from the area?

  • Has the area been evaluated to ensure that no flammable vapors are present?

  • Is a fire extinguisher available?

  • Are immovable fire hazards covered with a tarp or other non-combustible covering?

  • Have employees been told to immediately stop hot work if conditions change, odors become present, etc., until the area is re-inspected?


You can protect yourself from the physical hazards of welding. Correct any situations that pose a fire or electrical shock hazard. If you have a safety concern about welding hazards, don’t let it become an accident – report it to your supervisor.

“Don’t Get ‘Burned’… Practice Welding Safety” 



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