Anyone applying for a hot works permit from a local fire department in MA must show completion of an approved training program. This permit and corresponding training is required for most hot works conducted in MA. As of July 1, 2018, the City of Boston requires all persons engaged in hot works operation on the work site to be certified in Hot Works Safety.
At Leisure's convenient online Hot Works Training Program is approved by the MA Department of Fire Services and can be completed 24/7 from any internet-enabled device.
Hot works is any work involving burning, welding, or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions, such as soldering, brazing, cutting, grinding, thawing frozen pipe, drilling or tapping, torch-applied roofing, or any other activity that produces heat, spark, or flame.
Course Details & Benefits:
Who needs a hot works permit from the fire department?
Since January 2015, anyone conducting this kind of work has been required to have a permit from the local fire department(contact your local fire department for the permit application form). The new exceptions to this are:
- Certain licensed tradespeople, such as electricians and plumbers, already pulling permits from the local building department under their specialty codes (e.g., electrical code, plumbing code). They do not also have to pull a separate permit from the fire department.
- Homeowners and hobbyists.
Who must complete a training program?
A qualified person must provide documentation that he or she has successfully completed an approved training program in order to serve in any of these capacities:
- Anyone who performs hot work.
- Anyone who serves as a "Permit Authorizing Individual" (PAI) to perform, supervise or delegate hot work;
- Anyone who performs as a fire watch except fire department fire details.
- Anyone who needs a permit from the local fire department to conduct such work.
Successfully completed means a certificate of completion with the person's name, date of completion, and a provider’s/instructor’s signature acknowledging the individual attended and completed the program.
This course covers the following topics:
- Introduction to Hot Work Safety. Learning objectives for this module are:
- Why Hot Work Safety Training is Important
- Key Documents for Hot Work Safety Training
- What is Hot Work? Types of Hot Work
- Heat Transfer, Fire Traingle, and Fire Extingusishers
- Common Fuel and Ignition Sources
- Permissible and Nonpermissible Areas
- Fire Prevention and Protection
- Hot Work Safety. Learning objectives for this module are:
- Written Fire Safety Program
- Hot Work Permits
- Hot Work Safety Team
- Specific Conditions/Processes. Learning objectives for this module are:
- Public Exhibitions and Demonstrations
- Confined Spaces
- Oxyfuel Gas Welding and Cutting Safely
- Arc Welding and Cutting Equipment Safety
- Resistance Welding Safety
- Thermal Welding Safety
- Roofing Operations
Our course is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Department of Fire Services. Click here to view our certificate of approval.
Upon completion of the course, your certificate is immediately available for download. Your certificate will be presented to you in an electronic format (PDF), which may be printed.
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