7 Fire Watch personnel

The principal and/or their delegate or contractor must ensure that a trained fire watch observer is appointed and present for the entire duration of the hot work task. No hot work is to be undertaken without a trained fire watch observer being present.

The fire-watch observer must be able to operate fire and emergency equipment and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Examples of PPE are:

  • eye and face protection (for example, welding mask)
  • hand protection (for example, dry, hole-free, insulated and flame-resistant welding gloves)
  • head and ear protection (for example, approved ear-plugs or muffs, helmets)
  • body protection (for example, spark/fire resistant clothing)
  • foot protection (for example, leather steel capped high-topped boots)
Chapter 7 of the Hot Work Procedure on appointing an appropriate trained fire watch observer to oversee phot work tasks

Reviewed 26 June 2020

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