Hot work is often associated with welding and cutting, but also includes any work activity that may produce ignition sources or excess heat like burning, brazing, grinding, soldering, or torch applied roofing.
Not following hot work management and regulations are leading causes of fires.
EH&S outlines hot work risks, using hot work permitting systems, and local fire department requirements including paid fire details.
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.
Candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges. 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 is a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.