What Is a Hot Work Permit?
A permit for hot work should specify the nature of the task and where work will be done. Hot work permits should also include the names of employees and supervisors responsible for hot work and indicate any precautions to prevent fires. Only authorized parties who are trained in equipment use and fire safety should prepare hot work permits.
In addition to permits, checklists can guide fire safety inspection measures before and after hot work. Permits or checklists can prompt designated individuals to confirm the functionality of tools and the availability and readiness of fire suppression equipment.
Hot work permits are location-specific. The nature of a hot work task determines the degree of risk posed to combustible or flammable materials in the vicinity. Checklists or permits often call for inspections within a 35-foot or 10-meter radial sphere or a larger 50-foot or 15-meter area.