Last edited 17 Feb 2021

Hot work

[edit] Introduction

The term ‘hot work’ refers to processes that require the use of open flames or that produce sparks through heat and friction that could ignite into a fire. Hot works include:

Hot works can pose a significant fire risk, from both the initial risks of ignition and as a cause of rapid fire spread. According to BS 9999, only if no satisfactory alternative method is feasible should hot work be undertaken.

Precautions should include:

In 2020, it was reported that research indicated hot works were to blame for 79% of all fires on construction sites in Scotland during the previous year. Ref

[edit] Hot work permit

BS 9999 recommends that a ‘hot work permit’ be followed in order to ensure actions are taken to mitigate and minimise risks before, during and after the works. The permit is appropriate when there are flammable materials in close proximity to the works, and when the work environment is not ordinarily used for such activities.

The permit is used:

When being employed to complete hot works contractors may be required to use the client’s hot work procedure, or they may use a suitable procedure of their own. In the case of the latter, the client must ensure that the contractor is using a suitable hot work procedure.

There are varying levels of risk depending on the type of work and the area within the building that it is taking place. As a result, the hot work permit system should be adapted to the particular needs and risks. In terms of the proposed works, the permit should be designed to provide as much information as possible.

Typically, the hot work permit will identify:

In addition, the permit will identify the requirements that must be met within the work area which include the following:

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