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Construction activities may sometimes include those that lead to heat generation, such as the use of welding equipment. As this greatly increases the risk of fire, as well as injury, a permit for hot-work can help you reduce these risks to a safe level.
Hot work Permits are used to manage the risks from heat generating activities such as welding and grinding, both activities that are commonly associated with construction work. They are a type of management system which helps you prevent fires and even time-wasting false alarms from occurring. In common with other types of permit, you issue it to the contractor before they start work. It contains a number of checks that must be gone through. Ours is divided into five sections.
The first section asks for information about the job itself. This includes the precise location of where the work will be carried out as well as the date and time. Fire detection equipment may need to be temporarily disabled, so you need to ensure that any additional fire extinguishers are provided. A description of the work to be carried out is also asked for.
The second part considers the precautions that need to be taken so as to manage the risks of the work identified in the first. These are wide-ranging and include the management of combustible materials: whether they will be removed, covered or damped down. Other precautions include the type of fire extinguisher that will need to be kept close by, as well as the isolation of any smoke heads. Less obvious questions include the need to assess adjacent areas, e.g. for a conduction risk along metalwork.
The third and fourth sections require you to give details of the person in charge of carrying out the work along with details for the person authorising it on behalf of the client. One point to note is that the permit specifically states that any changes to the work to be carried out will be notified to the contractor. Where this happens, a new permit must be issued.
The fifth and final section concerns the formal handover of the completed work. This involves three stages, each requiring a signature, time and date. These stages include confirmation that the work has been satisfactorily completed with any smoke detectors reinstated, that the area has been re-inspected one hour after work completion and that the client is satisfied with the work that has taken place and how the premises have been left.