Hot Work Permit System

Hot Work is generally associated with cutting and welding operations in machine shops, maintenance, and construction activities, but it can also include certain laboratory-related activities, such as torch soldering. Potential health, safety, and property hazards can result from the fumes, gases, sparks, hot metal and radiant energy produced during hot work. Hot work equipment, which may produce high voltages or utilize compressed gases, also requires special awareness and training on the part of the worker to be used safely. The hazards associated with hot work can be reduced through adherence to GW University's Hot Work Program. A copy of this program is available upon request.

Under the District of Columbia Fire Code, higher education institutions are permitted to develop and maintain their own site-wide hot work programs which require the issuing of permits and oversight of hot work activities. Health & Emergency Management Services maintains oversight of the GW Hot Work Program which includes securing the site-wide permit (annually), maintaining records and conducting safety and awareness training.


While H&S is responsible for program oversight, issuing of operational permits falls directly under Facilities Services and is handled as follows:

For work in Ross Hall:

All Employees and contractors contact Ross Hall - Facilities Management

All other GW Facilities:

GW Employees – Check with your supervisor for point of contact

Contractors – Contact Facilities Central

Hot Work Warning Sign ThumbnailPer the District of Columbia Fire Code, warning signs (download & print) are required to be posted around the area of the hot work being conducted.