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Hot Work Health and Safety

All hot work such as welding has the potential to cause a fire and endanger the health and safety of those in the area. The flame, sparks and heat generated by the equipment used in the works can provide the ignition to start a fire when it is combined with a suitable combustible source of fuel.

It is vital therefore that those involved with hot works have received detailed and appropriate fire health and safety training, which can include training on the specific safe usage of the equipment, training in hot permit to work procedures, and obtaining accredited fire safety qualifications such as the NEBOSH Fire Certificate.

To avoid the combining of fuel and sources of ignition, certain precautions need to be taken. For a start, all flammable material that can be removed from the area where the hot work is taking place should be moved well out of the way. Not only does this include combustible material, but also liquids such as oil or petrol that has been spilt on the floor and could ignite should be removed. If it cannot be completely cleaned up and removed, the hot works should not take place there as it will be too dangerous.

As a fire is more likely to start in the area where the hot work is taking place, it is therefore prudent to have fire fighting equipment such as suitable fire extinguishers located close at hand, as well as a means of raising the alarm if necessary. Workers should also be trained and familiarise themselves with the operation of this equipment, as trying to figure it out whilst a fire grows can waste precious time and lead to a minor incident becoming a major one.

A fire does not have to start instantaneously, as the heat can cause a fire to ignite even after the work has finished. This means that checks need to be made for a recommended period of at least two hours after the work has been completed to ensure no fires have started, rather than simply downing tools and going straight to the exit at the end of the day.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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