Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 7, No. 4, May 2015
HOT WORK (PART 1)
Fire and explosions caused by uncontrolled hot work have costly impact on companies. Any process that uses or generates open flames, sparks or heat, such as welding, cutting or brazing represents a very high fire risk and has the potential to cause major losses.
Hot work losses occur due to negligence, carelessness, improper training, and absence or non-adherence of strict hot work safety guidelines and protocols. All of these are linked to human error, and are therefore preventable. Establishing a hot work management program will help minimize your risks.
A hot work management program establishes controls and safety protocols aimed at identifying hot work hazards and controlling their associated risks. The program includes the development of policies, procedures, and the assignment of responsibilities and accountability for all aspects of hot work. A program includes the points listed below:
• Where hot work is permitted
• When hot work is permitted
• Who authorizes hot work
• What to assess before permitting or performing hot work in an area or on a piece of equipment
• What to prepare in a hot work area
• What to do if hot work cannot be avoided in a particularly hazardous area
• Which hot work tools are approved
• How to obtain a hot work permit, when they are required, and who can administer them
• Which employees, supervisors, maintenance individuals, fire wardens, trained fire watch individuals, and contractors must be trained on hot work?
• Posting policies and procedures
• Posting signs in areas that are prohibited from the performance of hot work
5. Fire Extinguishing Equipment
• An adequate supply of suitable fire extinguishing equipment must be maintained in a state of readiness within immediate reach of workers, for instant use at the work site. The equipment must be appropriate to the potential fire or explosion hazard and may consist of approved portable fire extinguishers, fire hose, pails of water, buckets of sand, or other means depending on the nature and quantity of the combustible material exposed. Workers must be trained in the proper use of the fire extinguishing equipment.
TRANSPORT CANADA SURVEY
Transport Canada is studying the problem of abandoned and derelict vessels to formulate policy alternatives to help address it. Vard Marine Inc. is exploring the current and potential future capacity in Canada to recycle or otherwise dispose of large and small vessels. They aim to identify the challenges faced by owners at the end of life of their vessels in determining how to dispose of them in a cost-effective and responsible manner.
Vard is contacting a range of companies that are now or could become involved in vessel disposal. CARI members interested in participating in this work should contact [email protected] for more information.
CARI’S 74th Annual Convention
Delta St. John’s
St. John’s, Newfoundland
June 25–27, 2015
CARI’S Annual Golf Tournament
Beverly Golf & Country Club
August 20, 2015
CARI’S Consumers’ Night
Hyatt Regency Hotel
October 19, 2015
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
May 6-8 Whistler BC
BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition
May 17-20 Dubai, UAE
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
130 Albert Street Suite 1906
Ottawa, On K1P 5G4