Hot Work Program - NIU - Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Hot Work Program

Hot Work is defined by OSHA as: "any work that involves burning, welding, using fire or sparkproducing tools, or that produces a source of ignition."

The purpose of the Hot Work Program is to establish safety procedures for employees, contractors, and subcontractors engaging in any temporary operation involving open flame or producing heat and/or sparks capable of initiating fires or explosions on campus property outside designated shop areas in the Physical Plant Building.

Such operations include, but are not limited to: brazing, grinding, open-flame soldering, oxygen cutting, arc welding/cutting, oxy-fuel gas welding, hot taps, thawing pipes, hot riveting, heat treating, powder-driven fasteners, torch applied roofing and cadwelding.

What is a Hot Work Permit?

The Hot Work Permit is a system that is intended to assure that the individuals involved in construction, renovation, repairs and maintenance of University facilities are aware of the hazards associated with hot work and welding and that they implement control measures to help mitigate them. The Hot Work Permit is the means by which the departments of Facilities Management, Facilities Planning and Construction, and the department of Environmental Health Safety Risk Management Services will be able to keep track of construction activities that involve hot work, and that these activities are being conducted safely. The hot work permit also provides a step-by-step check list for hot work fire safety and serves as a reminder to contractors and employees of their fire prevention responsibilities before, during, and after any hot work is conducted.