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NFPA’s hot work safe practices training received a gold medal from the most prestigious awards program for the learning, talent and business executive industry. The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards hailed NFPA’s Hot Work Safe Practices eLearning module for encouraging interaction, interest, and motivation in the interest of job site safety.


NFPA began working with the Boston Fire Department, Boston Inspectional Services, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District after welding prompted a nine-alarm fire that killed Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy in March 2014. The Boston City Council responded by amending the Boston Fire Prevention Code and requiring trade workers to obtain a Hot Work Safety Certificate by January 1, 2017. This same requirement became mandatory throughout Massachusetts in July of this year.  The collaboration with Boston officials (and statewide leaders) serves as an outstanding example of how authorities can work together to address breakdowns in fire and life safety.


Initially, NFPA released classroom training that covered the basic fundamentals required to ensure hot work safety in a practical way. That training lead to 33,000 workers in the Boston area being educated, to date. NFPA then introduced its award-winning  course earlier this year to inform those working on or supervising any activity involving flame, spark production, and heat, such as welding.


Content is presented in an interactive and engaging 90-minute eLearning module that opens with news footage from the deadly Boston blaze, then cuts to an interview with the mother of one of the lost firefighters. The story is woven throughout and conveys the seriousness of the safety information from the start. The program helps workers 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


Upon completing and passing the course, learners obtain a certificate and are eligible to pull hot work permits throughout the state.


To learn more about NFPA hot work training and other resources, visit  

NFPA 51B Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work is also viewable for free .

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