Article published 11/01/17
The Hot Work Loss Prevention Program was recently revised and went into effect on October 1, 2017. The most significant change to the Program is that the standard post-Hot Work Fire Watch is now 60 minutes everywhere on campus, including UIHC.
What is Hot Work?
Hot work is any operation that produces a flame, heat or sparks such as electric or gas welding, abrasive cutting, soldering, grinding, torch work, and brazing activities.
- This includes torches, arc welding equipment, portable grinders, and propane torches. This also includes non-rated electrical tools and equipment when used in a hazardous environment.
- Basically if you are working with something that is hot or could cause heat/a spark, then you are engaged in hot work.
What are the two types of Hot Work locations?
- Temporary by issuance of approved UI Hot Work Permit (Yellow Permit)
- Designated Hot Work Sites with visible “Designated Hot Work Site” permit/certificate posted (White Permit)
- Formally evaluated and meet the requirements of the International Fire Code.
- Inspection and verification of proposed designated location will be completed by UI Public Safety or UIHC Safety and Security.
- Only be used by trained and authorized individuals.
What is a Hot Work Permit?
The permit is a University of Iowa document that is used to authorize hot work, provide checks and balances, and to identify and mediate risks. A displayed permit is a way to alert and let others know hot work is in progress. A Hot Work Permit also documents each hot work occurrence to ensure full compliance and minimize risk of fire.
Why do I need a Hot Work Permit?
Why do you need a permit? Because if you do not have a Hot Work Permit you are NOT AUTHORIZED to do hot work on the University campus!
When do I need a Hot Work Permit?
Any time you will be performing hot work, you are required to have a Hot Work Permit.
When do I not need a Hot Work Permit?
There are a few exceptions when a Hot Work Permit is not required. The following operations do not require a Hot Work Permit:
- Bunsen burners in laboratories,
- Small electric soldering irons used for repairing electronics only,
- Authorized grilling on campus, or
- Sterno products for official university catered events.
For more information go to this link: https://uiowa.edu/riskmanagement/hot-work-program