Key lessons to prevent flammable vapor explosions caused by welding and cutting.
This sample program is provided to assist you as an employer in developing programs
tailored to your own operation. We encourage you to copy, expand, modify and customize
this sample as necessary to accomplish this goal.
This document is provided as a compliance aid, but does not constitute a legal interpretation
of OSHA Standards, nor does it replace the need to be familiar with, and follow, the actual
SAMPLE: Hot Work Permit
HOT WORK PERMIT
Date _________________ Time_________________________
Name of Person(s) Performing Work ____________________________________________________
Specific Location of Work _________________________________
___ ___ Cutting or welding permitted in an area that has been made fire safe.
___ ___ All movable fire hazards in the vicinity have been taken to a safe place.
___ ___ Guards used to contain the heat, sparks and slag if fire hazards cannot be removed.
___ ___ Floor or wall openings or cracks, open doorways and windows protected or closed.
___ ___ Fire extinguisher available for instant use.
___ ___Fire watch in areas where other than a minor fire might develop such as around combustible
___ ___ Floors swept clean of combustible material for a radius of 35′.
___ ___Combustible floors have been kept wet, covered with damp sand or protected by fire resistant
___ ___Welding/cutting done only in areas authorized by management. No welding/cutting in
sprinkled building when sprinkler system is impaired or in presence of explosive atmosphere,
or in area of storage of readily ignitable material.
___ ___ Dusts and conveyor systems that might carry sparks to distant combustibles protected or
___ ___ Cutter/welder is trained in safe operation of equipment and the safe use of the process.
___ ___Any on-site contractors advised about flammable material or hazardous conditions of which
they may not be aware.
___Welding or cutting containers:
Container thoroughly cleaned and ventilated;
Any pipe lines or connections to containers disconnected or blanked.
___ ___ PPE used as needed– e.g., eye protection, helmet, protective clothing, respirator, gloves.
___ ___ Warning sign posted to warn other workers of hot metal.
___ ___ Appropriate ventilation provided.
___ ___ When working in confined spaces a permit has been issued as per 1910.146.
For specific requirements refer to General Industry Standards 1910.146; 1910.252; .253;, .254 and .272
and Construction Standards 1926.803; .350; .352 and .353.
Authorized Signature – Supervisor