Hot work operations can be dangerous, especially in areas where flammable or combustible materials are present. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to more than 4,000 structure fires per year involving hot work. These fires cause hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in direct property damage per year. EH&S provides resources to ensure that hot work operations are done in the safest manner possible.
We rely on electricity, but sometimes underestimate its capability of causing injury. Even household current (120 volts) can stop your heart. UW personnel need to be aware of the hazards electricity poses, such as shock, fire and explosion, and either eliminate or control those hazards.