Hot work

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Hot work is a process that can be a source of ignition when flammable material is present or can be a fire hazard regardless of the presence of flammable material in the workplace. Common hot work processes involve welding, soldering, cutting, brazing burning and the use of powder-actuated tools or similar fire producing operations outside of designated hot work areas. When flammable materials are not present, industrial processes such as grinding and drilling become cold work processes.[1]

In some countries, such as the UK and Canada,[2] a hot work permit is required for hot work.[1]


In the United States, OSHA maintains regulations for hot work in the marine industrial setting. The following regulations apply:

Other relevant literature is:

  • API RP 2009 : Safe Welding, Cutting, and Hot Work Practices in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

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  1. ^ a b Hughes, Phil; Ferrett, Ed (2005), Introduction to health and safety at work: the handbook for the NEBOSH national general certificate (2nd ed.), Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 84, ISBN 978-0-7506-6623-7.
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