Hot Work Permit Training (Hot Work Passport)

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Hot Work Passport

Hot Work Permit / Hot Work Passport Training

The hot work permit scheme was introduced in response to an increasing number of fires caused by hot works on building sites and in other workplaces. One study showed that such fires caused £70m in damage in the UK in just ten years, with 164 fires causing over a £¼m worth of damage each.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that both workers and supervisory staff understand the risks from hot works and know how to avoid causing a fire when carrying them out. The hot work permit scheme has become recognised across the industry as an important qualification for staff, and many firms will not hire people for hot works without such training.

Who is the qualification for?

Hot work permits, or hot work passports as they are sometimes known, are recommended for anyone involved with hot works. This includes manual workers, supervisors and site managers, as well as anyone responsible for overall health and safety on site.

The training is not a legal requirement, however the permit itself is a legal document. It clearly states the responsibilities, and therefore liability, of individuals under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005, and CDM Regulations 2015.

What is hot work?

Hot work is defined as work which involves naked flames or the production of heat or sparks. This includes:

  • Welding and cutting
  • Brazing and soldering
  • The use of blowlamps/blowtorches
  • Management of bitumen/tar boilers
  • The use of grinding wheels and cutting discs

What will I get from the course?

The course will make you aware of the risks of hot work, and will teach you how to conduct a hot works risk assessment, how to prepare the area, how to conduct hot works safely and how to monitor the environment afterwards to ensure no lingering problems.

You will also learn what your responsibilities are to yourself, your colleagues and the environment in which you are conducting the work. In most cases, the course can be tailored to your individual workplace and the kind of work you do.

Course content

The hot work permit course covers every stage of the process, from risk assessment and preparation to final precautions once work is complete.

Risk assessment

  • How to identify fire risks
  • How to identify ignition sources and flammable materials
  • How to identify risks to personnel
  • How to formally record your risk assessment

Fire prevention training

  • Assessing whether it is necessary to do the work in the location
  • Preparation and protection of the working environment
  • How to protect composite panels and voids
  • Making sure escape routes are planned and clear
  • Taking non-essential workers out of the area
  • Complete removal of all hot tools and waste materials
  • Organising fire monitoring for at least an hour

A guide to safe use of hot work equipment, including:

  • Welding and cutting equipment
  • Tar and bitumen boilers
  • Cutting discs and grinding
  • Post-work precautions

How long is the course?

Hot Work Permit Training is a one day course lasting 7hours. Open courses are available with fixed times – usually 9am to 5pm, however if training is arranged in-house, course times can be varied as required to fit shift patterns.

How is the training assessed?

It is important that all candidates understand all parts of the course as it is delivered, so the training is run using continual assessment. All candidates who complete the course will qualify and you will not be required to complete an exam at the end.

How long does the qualification last?

Your hot work permit is valid for five years, however you may wish to refresh your skills within that period. The certificate you receive is valid across the industry and is widely accepted by employers and their insurers.

Where can I find a hot work permit course?

Open courses are organised on a regular basis at training centres across the UK. Such courses are open to all applicants and are particularly suited to self-employed individuals and smaller companies with fewer than three workers who require training.

For larger organisations, in-house training is more convenient and cost-effective, and can offer more appropriate training tailored to the individual requirements of their workplace or their industry. In-house courses can be arranged at a time to suit your schedule, and will reduce time away from work as well as removing the costs such as travel expenses.

In-house training is often more effective as it demonstrates the real risks of the workplace first hand, rather than teaching these principles remotely in the classroom. Candidates can see how the training applies directly to their day to day routine and can therefore introduce these skills immediately without having to adapt more general advice.

What does hot work passport training cost?

We aim to deliver our training as cost-effectively as possible, whether you are an individual or a large company. With increased safety, improved employment prospects and lower insurance costs, hot work permit training is worth every penny.

To get the best price for your course, talk to our team about hot work passport training today on 0800 774 7034 .

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