This essentials of hot work risk assessment online course provide information on how to perform hot work risk assessments. It walks through the hazards to be aware of when conducting hot work and demonstrates how to apply the hierarchy of risk controls to them.
Poorly managed hot work activities can lead to fatalities, major injuries, and serious damage to property and businesses. It is important that the hazardous nature of these activities is understood and suitable precautions are taken to eliminate the risks.
Employers have a legal duty to ensure hot work risk assessments are conducted. Those responsible for this task must be suitably trained and competent.
Hot work or work involving the application of heat or the use of fire poses obvious dangers to workers and the work environment. One spark in the wrong place can cause expensive and/or tragic damage.
Hot work was reportedly responsible for 204 fires in buildings under construction in the UK for the year 2018-2019, per International Fire Protection Magazine. Hot work was responsible for roughly 25% of fires occurring at construction sites in England.
Any time hot work is performed, a hot work risk assessment must be carried out according to relevant regulations. Participants in this course will learn the ins and outs of correctly performing a hot work risk assessment.
This online training course aims to enable its participants to perform a proper hot work risk assessment and increase the safety of those who perform hot work or work in its vicinity. It also aims to give participants guidance and procedures for performing hot work.
This online course covers the following sections:
- Introduction to hot work risk safety
- Hot work hazards
- Undertaking risk assessment – Part 1 & 2
- Hierarchy of Risk Controls for Hot Work
This health and safety course on hot work risk assessment is intended for anyone responsible for carrying out a risk assessment for hot work activities, which can include both those who perform hot work and those who manage them.
Participants will gain an understanding of:
- Hazardous nature of hot work activities
- Factors that cause hot work accidents
- Control measures to manage the risk of hot work
- Safety principles to ensure safe working with hot work equipment
Choosing Human Focus for hot work activities and risk assessment course offers the following benefits:
- Fully compliant with health and safety at work regulations
- High-quality video and animation with clear voiceover
- Short, informative, and interactive content
- Interactive quizzes to support retention
RoSPA-approved certificate issued by Human Focus upon completion of training course.
Hot work can cause all the problems that fire can cause. Burns, explosions, suffocation from smoke, smoke damage, fires, and toxic fumes are among the risks posed by hot work. While this work is obviously dangerous, the risks can be managed with proper training and vigilance.
Employees performing hot work should be provided adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). The exact PPE required will vary and be determined by the risk assessment for the specific work being done. The typical PPE required includes extraction equipment, fire-resistant garments, face masks, eye protection, and other tools designed to protect one from heat.
The hot work permit system is intended to ensure that people involved in construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance are aware of the hazards related to hot work. It will ensure that only those that are suitably competent to conduct this type of work safely are allowed to do so.