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Gard Guidance Masters HOT WORK

For further details please see IMO MSC Circ. 1084 Principles for Hot Work on board all types of ships.

Any hazards inherent to hot work must either be eliminated or effectively controlled.

Hot work require special precautions and must be subject to
• a permit-to-work procedure
• careful planning where all safety measures are discussed and agreed
• only trained crew to be entrusted with carrying out hot work
• the wearing of correct Personal Protective Equipment – please see section Safe working clothes – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including special fire resistant clothing and a visor
• removal or protection of material which is likely to catch fire
• proper earthing for welding works
• a thorough check that electric cables and welding material are properly insulated
• fire extinguishers in place ready for use
• a direct line of communication being established with the officer of the watch.

For hot work in enclosed spaces there must be
• sufficient ventilation
• proper lighting of the work area.

Please see section Entry into enclosed spaces.

The Master should never allow welding in cargo compartments where cargo is already loaded without all necessary precautions having been taken and the operation being continuously monitored by a responsible person. Following completion of the welding work, a fire watch must be maintained to monitor the situation and prevent any subsequent outbreak of fire.