Hot Work Permits Guide

Use of torches or hot work are subject to hazards associated with this activity. Burns, eye damage and fire are the primary risks. The appropriate safe hot work practices and procedures as delineated in the OSHA and NFPA standards must be followed. Hot Work Permits are a required and integral part of hot work safety precautions.

Applicable University Policy
EH&S Policy 1-14: Welding and Cutting (in Adobe PDF format)
Summary of Requirements
Permits
A Hot Work Permit shall be obtained from EH&S prior to performing hot work in the field. Permits are not required for work in approved permanent shop areas.
Equipment
All equipment used for hot work shall be chosen for safe application to the work and shall be properly installed. Proper shielding and eye protection to prevent exposure to personnel from hot work hazards shall be provided and used.
Training
Workers designated to operate welding, soldering, cutting and other hot work equipment shall be trained in the use of the equipment. Additionally, workers who operate welding equipment shall be properly instructed and qualified to operate the equipment.
Fire Prevention
Precautions for fire prevention in areas where hot work is being done shall include isolating hot work activities, removing hazards from the vicinity and providing a fire watch.
Ventilation
Mechanical ventilation shall be provided when welding or cutting:
  • Beryllium, cadmium, lead, zinc or mercury.
  • Fluxes, metal coatings or other material containing fluorine components.
  • Where there is less than 10,000 cubic feet per welder.
  • In confined spaces.
Training
OSHA requires that each employee designated to operate welding equipment be properly trained and qualified to use it.
Reporting
All welding work conducted in Stony Brook University buildings requires a Hot Work Permit obtained through EH&S.
Recordkeeping
Hot Work Permit data is retained by EH&S automatically when permits are obtained on-line.
Applicable Regulations

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