UPDATE: As of September 1, all persons engaged in hot work in Boston need to have hot work safety certificates

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Jul 14, 2017


All workers at job sites where hot work activities are performed in Boston must take NFPA Hot Work Safety Training and earn an NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate by September 1, 2017.


Over the last few months, more than 16,000 workers in the Boston area have taken the mandatory NFPA hot work training.


The Boston Hot Work Safety Certificate Program was created by NFPA in cooperation with the City of Boston Inspectional Services Division, the Boston Fire Department, and the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council to better inform the construction industry about the dangers and safety procedures associated with hot work. Participants obtain a certificate after successfully completing a learning assessment.


The training was created in response to a tragic March 2014 fire that was started by hot work operations and took the lives of two Boston firefighters. Classes are conducted by instructors who have been trained by NFPA. Sessions cover hot work types; common fuel and ignition sources, relevant standards, regulations, and ordinances; the duties and responsibilities of each person on the hot work team; and understanding a hot work permit. The state of Massachusetts is also looking at hot work training.


If you work in the Boston area, be sure to get training before September 1. For additional information on this topic, check out the feature Hot Work, Safe Work plus a sidebar story on 5 hot work misconceptions in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal®, and refer to NFPA 51B Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work.