Maintaining a high level of site awareness is crucial to ensure safety.
Hot works must be given extra consideration both during and after the activity has completed for the day. There is potential that an unexpected flame could create a fire hazard as well as operatives or visitors being vulnerable to burns.
One site demonstrated this by the example below:
- A thermal imaging camera is now used on-site to check all areas where hot works have been carried out;
- This takes special attention to hot works prior to signing off that may still be present and a hazard at the end of each shift.
- Operatives arrive on site in the morning and asses the works they are doing today;
- Hot works required then permit filled in as WPS requirements;
- Before permit is issued the hot work location board is highlighted, based in the office for all to see;
- Between 3.30pm and 4.30pm every day Wates Management carry out a site tour with the thermal imaging camera;
- Wates return and sign off all highlighted areas and perimeter high risk areas.
For accuracy the following is also possible:
- Adjustable radiation coefficient and reflection background compensation;
- The marking of hot spot and cold spot can help locate the hottest and coldest area of thermal imaging temperature;
- Options of colour palette.
Monitor report. Wates Construction Ltd. Essex. May 2016