Hot Work

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Hot Work
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Hot work is any work or operation that uses or creates a flame, heat or sparks which can cause the ignition of flammable or explosive substances. There are significant health hazards and risks from hot work and it causes many workplace accidents, often resulting in fatalities or serious injuries, as well as many cases of ill-health. It also causes major fires, resulting in loss of buildings, plant and equipment.

This Hot Work course examines the different types of hot work and the risks associated with them. It also explains the legal duties on employers and duty holders, and the responsibilities employees have to ensure their safety and the safety of others. The course also discusses the steps involved in a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and the common control measures that may be used to control the risks associated with work activities.

This course was last audited on: 12th Apr 2023
  • Written in compliance with UK legislation and guidance
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will be able to explain:

  • The dangers of hot work.
  • The legal duties of employers and others in relation to hot work.
  • The importance of risk assessment for hot work and how this is done.
  • The importance of the hierarchy of control, and the need to ensure that the hierarchy of control is followed in all risk assessments for hot work.
  • The main types of work activity that cause risk and the main control measures that should be taken for those activities.
  • The importance of monitoring to ensure that the risk assessments remain effective.
  • The importance of providing information, instructions and training to those managing, supervising and carrying out work.

Why should you take this course?

Hot work activities pose many serious risks to those carrying the work, as well as anyone in the vicinity. Hot work activities that are not properly planned and controlled can result in serious injuries and ill health, as well as fatalities. There are many instances where hot work accidents have resulted in the permanent closure of businesses, fatalities, explosions and other serious consequences.

Employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst at work - this includes the prevention and control of risks that may result from hot work. Inadequate planning and controls of hot work can have significant impacts on organisations and individuals, including injuries, ill health, fatalities, legal proceedings and loss of earnings and reputation. Part of your responsibilities as an employer involve ensuring that your employees are suitably competent to carry out their duties - this includes ensuring have any necessary information, instruction and training. This course provides comprehensive theoretical training on the risks involved with hot works and the key controls used by organisations to manage their risks.

Employees involved in hot work are at risk of causing themselves and others serious injuries and ill health if they improperly carry out hot work activities. Employers must provide their employees with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training on their duties to ensure they can carried out their work activities safely. This course will support employers to ensure their employees have a strong understanding of the risks associated with hot work, and an awareness of the controls employers may use to manage hot work activities. When used in conjunction with suitable training on their specific work environment and activities it can support employers to ensure their employees are adequately competent in their duties.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Hot Work Dangers and Legal Requirements

What is hot work and where is it carried out? Types of hot work, health and safety risks from hot work, examples of flammable and explosive substances, The Health and Safety at Work (HSW), etc. Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999, The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, when does DSEAR apply? Key control measures under DSEAR, employee responsibilities.

2Risk Assessments for Hot Work

The five steps to risk assessment, key terminology, who should carry out the risk assessment? Step 1: Identify the hazards, step 2: decide who might be harmed and how, step 3: evaluate the risks and implement controls, step 4: record your findings, step 5: Review and update, the hierarchy of control and hot work permits, safe systems of work, what is a hot work permit-to-work?

3Control Measures for Hot Work Part 1

General fire safety, the fire triangle, hot work in confined spaces, hot work on tanks and drums, hot work on roads, hot work on roofs, hot work involving welding and cutting, welding and cutting gas cylinders, flammable gases, safe storage, handling and use of flammable gases, handling and use of flammable liquids, petrol for powered tools and equipment, standards for petrol containers.

4Control Measures for Hot Work Part 2

Health hazards and risks from hot work, safe substances for use at work, dangerous and hazardous substances, isolation of plant and machinery, safe places of work, ventilation for hot work, safe work equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), hot work permits-to-work, training, information and instruction, supervision and monitoring of work, emergency arrangements.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass, don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for workers at all levels, who are involved in hot work procedures. This includes those carrying out intentional hot work, such as by using welding or flame-cutting equipment, or those who carry out activities that may generate heat or sparks by the use of machinery or power tools or from friction between surfaces, such as abrasive wheel machines or disc-cutters.

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