- Combustible materials cannot be removed, protected, or shielded.
- Climbing ladders with heavy fire extinguishing equipment.
- Possible exposure to welding or toxic fumes.
- Transfer of heat from one space to another or to spaces below.
- Fire in adjacent spaces.
- Coverings used to protect equipment may not be fire retardant.
Requirements and Example Solutions
- For employees performing fire watch activities, a written policy must be created and maintained specifying:
- Each employee must be provided training, including detailed fire watch requirements.
- Duties to be performed.
- Equipment to be used.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be made available and worn. A fire watch must be posted during hot work when any of the following conditions are present.
- Slag, weld splatter, or sparks might pass through an opening and cause a fire.
- Fire-resistant guards or curtains are not used to prevent ignition of combustible materials on or near decks, bulkheads, partitions, or overheads.
- Combustible material closer than 35 feet to the hot work cannot be removed, protected with flame-proof covers, or shielded with metal or fire-resistant guards or curtains.
- Combustible materials adjacent to the opposite sides of bulkheads, decks, overheads, metal partitions, or sandwich-type construction may be ignited by conduction or radiation.
- Hot work is close enough to cause ignition through heat radiation or conduction on:
- Insulated pipes, bulkheads, decks, partitions, or overheads (Figure 4).
- Combustible materials and/or coatings.
- Work is close enough to unprotected combustible pipe or cable runs to cause ignition.
- A Marine Chemist, a Coast Guard-authorized person, or a shipyard Competent Person requires that a fire watch be posted.A fire watch must not be assigned to other duties while hot work is in progress.
- A fire watch must
- Have a clear view of and immediate access to all areas included in the fire watch.
- Be able to communicate with workers exposed to hot work.
- Be authorized to stop work if necessary and restore safe conditions within the hot work area.
- Remain in the hot work area for at least 30 minutes after completion of the hot work unless the employer or its representative surveys the exposed area and makes a determination that there is no further fire hazard.
- Be trained to detect fires that occur in areas exposed to the hot work.
- Attempt to extinguish any incipient stage fires in the hot work area that are within the capability of available equipment and within the fire watch’s training qualifications.
- Activate the alarm if unable to extinguish fire in the areas exposed to the hot work.
- Be physically capable of performing fire watch duties.
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