Hot work operations include welding, brazing, torch cutting, grinding, and torch soldering. These operations create heat, sparks, and hot slag that have the potential to ignite flammable and combustible materials in the area surrounding hot work activities. Hot work is frequently performed in the University of Illinois at Chicago facilities.
The University Hot Work Permit Program was developed in accordance with OSHA regulations and NFPA recommendations, with the goal of preventing hot work fires. The requirements apply to both UIC Trades and outside contractors performing hot works. Both UIC employees and contractors are required to have hot works and fire extinguisher training; contractors are allowed to show proof of previous training. Anyone that has taken the required training is then eligible to fill out a hot works permit, although not for themselves. The hot work permit has to be completed by another tradesperson that has completed the training.