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Hot work procedure (web)

Purpose: Reduce the risk of fire related disruptions and costs to the University.

Responsibility: All members of the McGill community, contractors and professionals requiring Hot Work to be done must follow this procedure.

Procedure in brief: When no safe alternative to the hot work is available and the work cannot be relocated to a safe location outside of the building, the hot work procedure must be followed. Training is mandatory to access the hot work web module. Click here to register for a training session.

Responsibilities:

Permit Issuer

Hot Work Permit Issuer must:

  • Obtain 80% passing grade from the web based, training session. Provide results to Fire Prevention.
  • Participate in the information session given by Emergency Measures and Fire Prevention.
  • Read the instruction manual
  • Request a Fire Protection equipment shutdown permit - 2 working day notice. ($3000 fine for unfounded alarms)
  • Name a Site Safety Person for the hot work that will authorize the work on site, on the day of the work.
  • Identify the continuous fire watch for the hot work, for breaks and following hour.
  • Identify occasional monitoring for up to three hours after the fire watch.
  • Submit a request for a hot work permit
  • Provide warning signage and the permit for the site.
  • Return permit to fireprevention [at] mcgill [dot] ca  in the end.

Site Safety

The person responsible for site safety must:

  • Obtain 80% passing grade from the web based, training session. Provide results to Fire Prevention.
  • Participate in the information session given by Emergency Measures andFire Prevention.
  • Ensure smoke detection has been deactivated before the hot work starts
  • Ensure fire watch is on site and planned monitoring will follow
  • Review permit with the worker – both parties must sign the permit
  • Post warning signage and permit on site. Recuperate after monitoring has concluded
  • Authorize work to proceed only when precautions are taken and fire watch is on site
  • Ensure a continuous fire watch during the hot work, during breaks and the following hour.
  • Ensure disabled fire detection is reactivated as soon as work is completed
  • Verify that the site monitoring is in place after fire watch is completed
  • Interrupt hot work if site becomes unsafe or no longer meets permit conditions.

Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention department must:

  • Perform occasional hot work site verification for conformity
  • Stop any hot work contravening the fire code and McGill procedures until the work can be done safely.
  • Provide technical support when called upon (excludes replacing person responsible for; site safety, issuing permits, fire watch or monitoring)
  • Perform Hot Work program Administration

Security Services

Security Services must immediately inform FPO on call:

  • Hot work is performed without permit and proper warning signage. 
  • Hot work is performed amongst combustible materials that appear unprotected from fire.
  • Hot work is being done without a person watching for fire, with a fire extinguisher nearbyrk Permit Request/ Permis de travail à chaud.