The heat is on: NFPA's Guy Colonna talks about hot work safety

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Dec 12, 2011

As the kick-off session in the Codes & Standards track at NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando, Guy Colonna, P.E., head of NFPA's Industrial and Chemical Engineering Division, spoke about what it takes to perform "hot work" (activites that produce or use sparks, flames, or heat) safely. Typical hot work includes welding, cutting, grinding, soldering, heat treating, and hot riveting.

Guy presented a three step approach to a hot work safety program:

  1. Hazard recognition: determining the type of hot work and heat sources
  2. Evaluation: assessing the degree of hazards, including a visual inspection of the hot work location
  3. Control: taking steps to minimize and/or eliminate hazards (may include training, "Safety Teams" and permits, ventilation, isolation of fuel and ignition sources, etc.)

Guy also reviewed some of the key documents to help a facility conduct safe hot work operations, including OSHA 29 CFR (Subpart Q), NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work; and ANSI Z49.1.