Free Hot Works Permit Template
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Purpose of Document
Hot Works Permits are used to manage the risks associated with hot works, including injury to workers or fire / explosion. The primary objective is to ensure the safety of workers by providing a permit system to ensure safety protocols are followed. This form is broadly aligned with AS/NZS 45001:2018.
How to Use
This form should be completed by the permit holder (work party supervisor) and signed off by the site supervisor, permit authority or other competent person. This is a template only and should be customised for your business ensuring that:
- Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
- Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process
When to Use
A Hot Works Permit is completed prior to any activities that pose a fire or ignition hazard.
Who Should Use
This form can be completed by the permit holder, with sign off being completed by the permit authority, Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other competent person in your organization.
Hot Work Permits are not mentioned in the WHS Regulations. In the Welding Processes code of practice it states:
you should still document specific procedures which should include the issue of a ‘hot work permit’
However, to provide context, this in the section of the code that talks about Fire, Explosion and Hazardous Atmospheres. If the risks of fire are generally well managed (e.g. in a metal fabrication workshop) hot works permit are often not in use – in my experience.
There is no specific legal requirement within the WHS Regulations to complete a Hot Works Permit. However, they are best practice, especially for large companies. This permit can help meet general legal duties including:
- s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
What is hot works?
Hot works refer to processes that involve generating flames, sparks, or heat. These activities include welding, cutting, grinding, and other processes that produce sparks or open flames.
What hazards are associated with hot works?
Hot works hazards include:
- Fire / explosion
- Exposure to dangerous fumes
- Electrical hazards
- Conducting heat through pipes
- Flying Sparks
- Exposure to ultraviolet or infrared light
- Heat exposure
What are the precautions for hot works?
- Removal of flammables
- Welding screens
- Fire watch
- Fire extinguishers or other firefighting equipment
- Flash back arrestors
Article Sources and Further Reading
- Model Code of Practice for Welding processes (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1705/mcop-welding-processes-v3.pdf>
- Welding Fumes and Gases (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1702/weldingfumesgases_1990_pdf.pdf>