Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Hot Work


Process: Hot Work - Welding, Cutting and Brazing

Program Applicability:
Ship Repair
Ship Breaking
Potential Hazards:
Body Position
Repeated Trauma
Over Exposure
Eye Injuries

Most Common Cause of Injury in Hot Work:

hotwork bending

For more information on improper body position see Hot Work Guide Sheet page A3.

The shipyard community has identified the above five potential hazards associated with hot work. Of these hazards, improper body position was identified as the most prevalent.

Improper body position

Prolonged static postures associated with neck flexion, working for extended periods on knees or in positions that create awkward postures of the spine, and hand gripping are the leading causes of injury to workers performing hot work in the shipbuilding and repair industry. Additional risk factors are the frequent bending, stooping, squatting and crouching inherent to performing hot work in shipyards.

Standards Applicable to Hot Work:

Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard (29 CFR 1915 Subpart P) was issued on September 15, 2004 and becomes effective on December 14, 2004. This rule will provide increased protection from fire hazards in shipbuilding, ship repair and shipbreaking industries


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