Hot Work

Hot Work

Hot Work is often associated with welding and cutting, but also includes any work activity with potential to produce ignition sources or excess heat, such as burning, brazing, grinding, soldering, or torch applied roofing. Failure to comply with Hot Work management and regulations are a leading cause of fire. This program outlines the risks associated with Hot Work, use of a Hot Work permitting system, and the requirements of local fire departments, including paid fire details.

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Occupational & Facilities Safety
617.496.7168

Did You Know?

Candle fires are the fourth leading cause of campus fires behind cooking, arson and smoking. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 20 percent of university housing fires in bedrooms are started by candles. Despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges, candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires. More than half of all candle fires occur when a combustible material is too close to the candle, with the most common materials being bedding and curtains. Falling asleep was a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.