Just weeks after winning a gold award for its hot work safety training, NFPA has released the course in Spanish. The new e-learning program for Spanish-speaking trade workers debuted this week, just as a new hot work fact sheet was introduced in both English and Spanish.
After unpermitted welding at a Boston brownstone prompted a nine-alarm fire that killed Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy in March 2014, NFPA stepped up its strategies for helping communities reduce avoidable loss by raising awareness of hot work job site safety considerations and hazards.
The concerted efforts began shortly after the tragic blaze, when Boston Fire officials reached out to NFPA looking for help reducing hot work risks in the city. The two organizations began their campaign for change by lobbying with Boston fire, building, safety, and trades leaders to get the city’s fire code updated so that all workers on a job are now required to earn a hot work safety certificate before pulling a permit. This summer, that safety mandate was extended throughout the Commonwealth.
To better inform anyone engaged in any activity involving flame or spark production in Boston, NFPA developed classroom training that has educated more than 33,000 construction workers about hot work safety. NFPA then developed an Hot Work Safe Practices course to ensure that more hot work supervisors and laborers were being informed. That training won a Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in August – and as of this week is available in Spanish.
The hot work material is presented in an interactive and engaging 90-minute eLearning format. While the training was developed in response to specific local needs it was created in a way that is relevant to anyone wishing to improve job site safety knowledge or to any state/jurisdiction wishing to implement safety requirements like the Bay State has.
The training opens with news footage of the deadly Beacon Street fire and includes an interview with the mother of one of the deceased Boston firefighters. The story is woven throughout the course, conveys the seriousness of the content, and enables the learner to:
• Identify relevant standards, regulations, and ordinances that are applicable to hot work
• Describe the systems approach to hot work safety
• Define and identify hot work and hot work hazards
• Describe hot work evaluation requirements
• Describe hot work safety team roles and responsibilities
• Describe hot work permit requirements
A new hot work fact sheet was also created. The targeted and relevant information within the two-sided handout emphasizes the importance of hot work safety, and is available in both English and Spanish. The document provides a definition for hot work, insight on safety risks, ways to minimize harm, alternatives to hot work, and links to helpful content.
All of NFPA’s resources related to hot work safety can be found on nfpa.org/hotwork.