Fire Safety

Hot Work Permit

Hot work operation is any that involves open flames or producing heat and/or sparks. This includes, but is not limited to: welding and allied processes, hot mopping, heat treating, grinding, thawing pipe, the use of power-driven fasteners, hot riveting and similar applications. These operations create heat, sparks and hot slag that have the potential to ignite flammable and combustible materials in the area surrounding hot work activities.

The Fire Prevention Code requires a permit for all hot work operations. OSHA requires contractors to initiate this permit for hot work and designate a permit-authorizing individual (PAI) to oversee hot work operations and to authorize hot work permits. The PAI cannot be the hot work operator, that is, the person doing the work.

EH&S issues Hot Work Permits for the University.  Anyone requiring a permit must make application forty-eight (48) hours before the start of work. A Fire Safety Specialist will perform a safety inspection of the work area prior to the start of work.

The permit shall be valid for a twenty-four (24) hour period and should be posted in the area of hot work for the duration of the activity.

Hot Work Permit