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Hot work shall comply with NFPA 51B and this chapter.
Chapter 41 shall apply to the following hot work processes:
- Welding and allied processes
- Heat treating
- Thawing pipe
- Powder-driven fasteners
- Hot riveting
- * Torch-applied roofing in conjunction with the requirements of Section 16.6
- Similar applications producing or using a spark, flame, or heat
Chapter 41 shall not apply to the following:
- Pyrotechnics or special effects
- Cooking operations
- Electric soldering irons
- Design and installation of gas cutting equipment and welding equipment covered in NFPA 51
- Additional requirements for hot work operations in confined spaces
- Lockout/tagout procedures during hot work
Management or a designated agent shall be responsible for the safe operations of hot work activity. [51B:4.1]
When found to be incapable of reliable safe operation, the equipment shall be repaired by qualified personnel prior to its next use or be withdrawn from service and tagged out of service. [51B:4.1.4]
Individuals involved in hot work operations shall be trained in the safe operation of their equipment and in the safe use of the process. [51B:126.96.36.199]
In conjunction with management, the PAI shall be responsible for the safe operation of hot work activities. [51B:4.2]
The PAI shall ensure the protection of combustibles from ignition by the following means:
- * Considering alternative methods to hot work
- Moving the work to a location that is free from combustibles
- If the work cannot be moved, moving the combustibles to a safe distance or having the combustibles properly shielded against ignition
- Scheduling hot work so that operations that could expose combustibles to ignition are not begun during hot work operations
The PAI shall determine that fire protection and extinguishing equipment are properly located at the site. [51B:4.2.5]
The hot work operator shall handle equipment safely and use it as follows so as not to endanger lives and property:
- The operator shall have the PAI's approval before starting hot work operations.
- All equipment shall be examined to ensure it is in a safe operating condition, and, if found to be incapable of reliable safe operation, the equipment shall be repaired by qualified personnel prior to its next use or be withdrawn from service.
- The operator shall cease hot work operations if unsafe conditions develop and shall notify management, the area supervisor, or the PAI for reassessment of the situation.
The fire watch shall watch for fires in all exposed areas and try to extinguish them only when the fires are obviously within the capacity of the equipment available. If the fire watch determines that the fire is not within the capacity of the equipment, the fire watch shall sound the alarm immediately. [51B:4.4.6]
Before starting any hot work, contractors and their clients shall discuss the planned project completely, including the type of hot work to be conducted and the hazards in the area. [51B:4.5]
Clothing shall be selected to minimize the potential for ignition, burning, trapping hot sparks, and electric shock. [51B:5.1]
Hot work shall be permitted only in areas that are or have been made fire safe. [51B:5.2.1]
Prior to the start of any hot work in a designated area, at a minimum, the hot work operator shall perform the following:
- The location is verified as fire resistant.
- The requirements of 188.8.131.52(3) are met.
- Fire extinguishers are in working condition and readily available.
- Ventilation is working properly.
- Equipment is in working order.
Permanent areas designated for hot work shall be reviewed at least annually by the PAI. [51B:184.108.40.206.3]
Signs shall be posted designating hot work areas as deemed necessary by the PAI. [51B:220.127.116.11]
Hot work shall not be permitted in the following areas:
- In areas not authorized by management
- In sprinklered buildings where sprinklers are impaired, unless the requirements of NFPA 25 are met
- In the presence of explosive atmospheres (i.e., where mixtures of flammable gases, vapors, liquids, or dusts with air exist)
- In the presence of uncleaned or improperly prepared equipment, drums, tanks, or other containers that have previously contained materials that could develop explosive atmospheres
- In areas with an accumulation of combustible dusts that could develop explosive atmospheres
Before a hot work permit is issued, the following conditions shall be verified by the PAI:
- The hot work equipment to be used shall be in satisfactory operating condition and in good repair.
- Where combustible materials, such as paper clippings, wood shavings, or textile fibers, are on the floor, the floor shall be swept clean for a radius of 35 ft (11 m) and the following criteria also shall be met:
- Combustible floors shall be kept wet, covered with damp sand, or protected by a listed welding blanket, welding pad, or equivalent.
- Where floors have been wet down, personnel operating arc welding equipment or cutting equipment shall be protected from possible shock.
- * All combustibles shall be relocated at least 35 ft (11 m) in all directions from the work site, and the following criteria also shall be met:
- If relocation is impractical, combustibles shall be protected by a listed welding blanket, welding pad, or equivalent.
- To prevent the entrance of sparks, the edges of covers at the floor shall be tight including at the point at which several covers overlap where a large pile is being protected.
- Openings or cracks in walls, floors, or ducts within 35 ft (11 m) of the site shall be covered or sealed with listed fire-rated or noncombustible material to prevent the passage of sparks to adjacent areas.
- Ducts and conveyor systems that might carry sparks to distant combustibles shall be shielded, or shut down, or both.
- If hot work is done near walls, partitions, ceilings, or roofs of combustible construction, they shall be protected by a listed welding curtain, welding blanket, welding pad, or equivalent.
- If hot work is done on one side of a wall, partition, ceiling, or roof, one of the following criteria shall be met:
- Hot work shall not be attempted on a partition, wall, ceiling, or roof that has a combustible covering or insulation, or on walls or partitions of combustible sandwich-type panel construction.
- Hot work that is performed on pipes or other metal that is in contact with combustible walls, partitions, ceilings, roofs, or other combustibles shall not be undertaken if the work is close enough to cause ignition by conduction.
- Fully charged and operable fire extinguishers that are appropriate for the type of possible fire shall be available immediately at the work area.
- If existing hose lines are located within the hot work area defined by the permit, they shall be connected and ready for service but shall not be required to be unrolled or charged.
- The following shall apply to hot work done in close proximity to a sprinkler head:
- A wet rag shall be laid over the sprinkler head and then removed at the conclusion of the welding or cutting operation.
- During hot work, special precautions shall be taken to avoid accidental operation of automatic fire detection or suppression systems (e.g., special extinguishing systems or sprinklers).
- The operator and nearby personnel shall be suitably protected against dangers such as heat, sparks, and slag.
- * In instances where the scope of work and the tools used to conduct hot work result in possible travel of slag, sparks, spatter, or similar mobile sources of ignition farther than 35 ft (11 m), the PAI shall be permitted to extend the distances and areas addressed in 18.104.22.168(2) through 22.214.171.124(4).
- * In instances where the scope of work and tools used to conduct hot work are known to be incapable of generating slag, sparks, spatter or similar mobile sources of ignition capable of leaving the immediate area of the applied hot work, the PAI shall be permitted to do the following:
- Reduce the distances and areas addressed in 126.96.36.199(2) through 188.8.131.52(4) to distances and areas that he or she considers fire safe for the intended operation.
- Describe those distances and areas on the hot work permit.
A fire watch shall be required by the PAI when hot work is performed in a location where other than a minor fire might develop or where the following conditions exist:
- * Combustible materials in building construction or contents are closer than 35 ft (11 m) to the point of operation.
- Combustible materials are more than 35 ft (11 m) away from the point of operation but are easily ignited by sparks.
- Wall or floor openings within an 35 ft (11 m) radius expose combustible materials in adjacent areas, including concealed spaces in walls or floors.
- Combustible materials are adjacent to the opposite side of partitions, walls, ceilings, or roofs and are likely to be ignited.
A checklist shall be permitted to serve as the written hot work permit. [51B:6.2]
Installation and operation of welding, cutting, and related equipment shall be done by, or under the supervision of, a competent operator, to ensure the personal protection of viewers and demonstrators as well as the protection from fire of materials in and around the site and the building itself. [51B:7.2]
The site shall be constructed, equipped, and operated in such a manner that the demonstration minimizes the possibility of injury to viewers. [51B:7.3.2]
Each site shall be provided with a portable fire extinguisher of appropriate size and type in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. [51B:7.4.1]
The fire department shall be notified in advance of the use of a site for public exhibitions, demonstrations, and trade shows. [51B:7.4.3]
Cylinders containing compressed gases for use at the site shall not be charged in excess of one-half their maximum permissible content. [51B:184.108.40.206]
Cylinders of nonliquefied gases and acetylene shall be charged to not more than one-half their maximum permissible charged gauge pressure [psi (kPa)]. [51B:220.127.116.11]
Cylinders of liquefied gases shall be charged to not more than one-half the maximum permissible capacity [lb (kg)]. [51B:18.104.22.168]
A sufficient number of additional cylinders shall be permitted to be stored at the site to furnish approximately one day's consumption of each gas used. [51B:22.214.171.124]
Cylinders in excess of 40 lb (18 kg) total weight being transported to or from the site shall be carried on a hand truck or motorized truck. [51B:7.5.3]
Process hose shall be located and protected so that they will not be physically damaged. [51B:7.5.4]
Cylinders shall be secured so that they cannot be knocked over. [51B:7.5.7]
Damaged cables shall be removed from service until repaired or replaced.