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FST Solutions Hot Works Safety Training – On Site Hot Works Course.

Hot works safety training is required by law. A hot works course educates employers & staff in vital fire watch skills plus fire risk assessment knowledge.


Hot Work Fire Safety (The Law)

Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 every employer shall identify hazards, assess risks and have a written risk assessment, including any unusual or other risks. To comply with Section 19, employers are required to carry out risk assessments and to record these in the Safety Statement. A fire safety risk assessment should be conducted. Fire prevention should form part of this.

Course Content

  • Legislation
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • Hot Works Definition
  • 10 Meter Rule/ Exclusion Zone
  • Fire Triangle and Fire Behaviour
  • Fire Watch
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Fire Extinguisher training


What Is Hot Work ?

Typically the term can be summed up as the application or generation of heat and/or sparks through the use of tools and equipment in the workplace.

All works where heat and sparks are invariably produced give rise to consequential fire safety risks.

Some Examples

  • Welding
  • Grinding
  • Cutting
  • Open fires
  • Furnaces
  • Soldering
  • Brazing
  • Blow torches
  • Heat lamps
  • Thawing tools
  • Hot air blowers

    There is of course always an obvious risk of bodily injuries from careless or inadequate usage of specific tools and necessary workplace equipment. However, the biggest hazard instantly arising as a dire consequence from hot working is overwhelmingly the destructive potential for raging fire and/or horrific explosion.

    As an employer, if you or your staff do not practice the basics in this specific type of fire safety training, you are not only breaking the law, but on top of this are also placing innocent lives at tremendous risk.

    Our fully certified hot works safety training course delivers everything you require to thoroughly comprehend this particular area of paramount safety in the workplace.  

    If you do not have legally required safety procedures in place any conceivable type of hot work can cause a fire or explosion.

    Sparks are without doubt the biggest contributor to starting fires in the workplace. They can fly across large distances and heights and land in areas that pose serious risks like cracks, pipes, roof tops and dry areas that would easily act as kindle.

    They can remain hot long enough to ignite a fire in seconds or minutes.

    When heat or electricity is passed directly through a material substance such as pipes and cables and a difference of temperature occurs it is referred to as conduction.

    Performing hot work tasks to pipes carries a significant risk of conduction heat transfer. In simpler terms, there is an unintended consequence where the whole pipe can become hot with the potential to cause fire to flammable materials and surfaces near by.

    Typically produced from machine operation, metal/wooden filings and chips can be extremely flammable.

    This would additionally include the likes of hot ash/cinders, smelt, slag and other off-scourings with the potential to combust.

    The above is just a few examples of many that can occur and demonstrate clearly why hot works safety training is so important.


    In relation to whichever necessary course we are teaching, when we arrive at your property and/or place of business, we will always require a room size that easily accommodates your course participants.

    On-site course training is just as available for a single person as it is for an entire group. Simply get in touch to find out more.

    We regularly accommodate urgent on-site fire safety courses. Again, simply get in touch, and we will put all the necessary arrangements into place for you. 

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