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Hot Work Permitting

Hot Work Permitting

Hot work is any work that involves welding, burning, or hot tapping or the use of equipment near an open flame or equipment capable of generating a spark. Use hot work permits when conducting work that may lead to a fire, explosion or release. For more detailed information on hot work permitting, check out API WorkSafe training and relevant API safety standards.

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  • Use hot work permits when conducting work that may lead to a fire, explosion or release. Such permits may be needed when:
    • Close by or near to flammable or combustible equipment with an open flame
    • Welding,
    • Burning,
    • Hot tapping,
    • Grinding,
    • Near equipment capable of generating a spark
  • A Fire Watch needs to understand how to:
    • Watch for fire,
    • Sound an alarm,
    • Use a fire extinguisher properly,
    • Watch for slag or sparks that may result in a fire or injure nearby worker.
  • Assure those involved are authorized, trained and competent.
  • Periodically monitor hot work for compliance with permit requirements.

Hot Work Permit Procedures

Determine which permit form to use.

Fill out the permit form and have it signed by all required parties (operator/supervisor, firewatch or line watch, person doing the work).

Determine how many fire or line watches are needed.

Conduct a safety meeting to discuss the hot/safe work to be conducted.

Post copies of the permit at the worksite and at the control room/field office until work is completed.