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Hot Work Safety Program

Hot Work Safety Program

(Cutting and Welding and other related processes)

The Hot Work Safety Certificate Program was created by NFPA in cooperation with the City of Boston to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs. 

The City of Boston requires a Hot Work Safety Certificate for all persons engaged in hot work operations on the work site. This certificate is obtained by taking the Hot Work training class and successfully completing an assessment of your learning. This same requirement becomes mandatory state-wide in Massachusetts starting July 1, 2018. To assist those who must comply with this future state requirement, an online training program is now available.

Hot work is any activity or process that involves open flames or that generates sparks or heat and includes: Welding and allied processes; heat treating; grinding; thawing pipes; powder-driven fasteners; hot riveting; torch-applied roofing; and any similar applications producing or using sparks, flame or heat.

Why do I have to attend Hot Work Safety Certificate Program training?

Hot work contributes to fires throughout the country, and this training addresses the safe practices needed when planning and executing jobs wherever hot work processes are used. In June 2016, an ordinance passed by the Boston City Council established the requirement for attending the hot work safety training and obtaining the Hot Work Safety Certificate. Through amendments to the state fire prevention regulations, this same training and certificate will be required effective July 1, 2018.

Who conducts this training?

  • This training is provided by instructors who have been trained by NFPA, and it is now also available in two formats – classroom and online.

What is the training program like?

The program provides in-person training to meet these learning objectives:

  • Describe the various types of hot work
  • Identify common fuel sources and ignition sources
  • Cite relevant standards, regulations, and ordinances that are applicable to hot work
  • Define the duties and responsibilities of each person on the hot work team
  • Read and understand a hot work permit.

How will I be notified if I pass my training class?

  • For organized labor: Your Local Administrator will let you know if you passed the assessment and will provide your Hot Work Safety Program Certificate once this information is received from NFPA.
  • For public class conducted at NFPA Headquarters: NFPA will be contacting you directly (via email) to let you know if you’ve passed the Hot Work Safety Certificate Program training assessment and, if you have, provide you with your Hot Work Training Certificate.
  • For Online Course and Exam: After completing the online class and exam you will receive immediate notification of your pass/fail status and access to your certificate online. You will also be able to obtain your certificate at any time in your NFPA profile

Will I be certified in Hot Work when I complete the program?

It’s important to understand the program is not a certification program. The NFPA is not certifying that those completing the training are capable of performing hot work but rather that it has assessed each attendee’s learning against a set of identified learning objectives and has determined whether or not the attendee has achieved these learning objectives at that point in time.



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