OSHA Construction Hot Work

This course covers various types of construction hot work, responsibilities for employers and employees for setting up and following hot work procedures.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Hot Work
  • Hot Work Tools and Requirements
  • Hot Work Hazards
  • Hot Work Policy and Procedure
  • Hot Work Best Practices

Course Description

This course covers: Various types of hot work; Responsibilities for employers and employees for setting up and following hot work procedures; Hazards associated with the various types of hot work; Federal regulations and requirements regarding hot work; Steps necessary for assessing risk when performing hot work and; Best practices for safely performing hot work.

The OSHA Hot Work Construction Industry Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Construction Hot Work Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Hot Work

  • Key Terms
  • OSHA Regulations
  • NFPA Codes and Standards
  • Local Regulations
  • Responsibilities-Employers
  • Responsibilities-Permit-Authorizing Individual (PAI)
  • Responsibilities-Fire Watch
  • Responsibilities-Operators

Hot Work Tools and Requirements

  • General Requirements for All Hot Work
  • Hot Work and Preservative Coating Requirements
  • Oxygen-Fuel Gas Welding and Cutting Overview
  • Oxygen-Fuel Gas Welding and Cutting General Requirements
  • Inert-Gas Metal-Arc Welding Requirements
  • Arc Welding and Cutting Overview
  • Arc Welding and Cutting Requirements
  • Arc Welding and Cutting Installation Requirements
  • Arc Welding and Cutting Cable Requirements
  • Unusual Service Conditions for Arc Welding and Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Resistance Welding General Requirements
  • Resistance Welding Installation Requirements
  • Soldering and Brazing Overview
  • Grinding
  • Oil and Gas Well Drilling

Hot Work Hazards

  • Fire/Explosions
  • Burns-Thermal
  • Burns-Retinal
  • Chemical Hazards-General Overview
  • Chemical Hazards-Hexavalent Chromium
  • Electric Shock
  • Additional Hazards

Hot Work Policy and Procedure

  • Fire Safety Procedures
  • Additional Fire Prevention Requirements
  • Designated and Non-designated Hot Work Zones
  • Hot Work Permits
  • Additional Requirements for Hot Work Policy and Procedure
  • Ventilation Requirements
  • Exhaust Hoods
  • Permit-Required Confined Spaces
  • Outside Helper
  • Cylinders Overview
  • General Cylinder Usage and Storage Requirements
  • Fuel-Gas Cylinder Usage and Storage Requirements
  • Oxygen Cylinder Usage and Storage Requirements
  • Cylinder Hosing Requirements
  • Generator Requirements
  • Portable Acetylene Generator Requirements
  • First-Aid

Hot Work Best Practices

  • PPE
  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Helmets and Hand Shields
  • Shade Numbers
  • Booths and Screens
  • Noise and Shock Protection


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Employers, employees assigned as Permit-Authorizing Individual (PAI), employees assigned as Fire Watch, and employees that are assigned as Hot Work Equipment Operators.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Hot Work Construction Industry training. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer –

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

What are the governing regulations?

The following OSHA regulations are applicable to construction hot work: 1926 Subpart J – Welding and Cutting; 1926.350 – Gas Welding and Cutting; 1926.351 – Arc Welding and Cutting; 1926.352 – Fire Prevention; 1926.353 – Ventilation and Protection in Welding, Cutting, and Heating; 1926.354 – Welding, Cutting, and Heating in Way of Preservative Coatings.

Parts of NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting, and other Hot Work have been incorporated into OSHA regulations through reference.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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