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Important information for workers involved in the use or application of heat

It is an important requirement under our Public Liability insurance policy that any worker involved in the use or application of heat is presented with the policy wording below. One of our team will be happy to provide further guidance if required.

Use of heat clause

It is a condition precedent to the liability of the Insurer under this policy that the following precautions are complied with on each occasion of the use or application of heat (as defined below) by or on behalf of the Insured taking place elsewhere than on the Insured’s own premises.

a) Application of heat by means of electric oxyacetylene or other welding or cutting equipment or angle grinders, blow lamps, blow torches, hot air guns or hot air strippers.

i) The area in the immediate vicinity of the work (including in the case of work carried out on one side of a wall or partition, the opposite side of the wall or partition) must be cleared of all loose combustible material; other combustible material must be covered by sand or over-lapping sheets or screens of non-combustible material.

ii) At least two adequate and appropriate portable fire extinguisher, in proper working order, must be kept in the immediate area of the work being undertaken and used immediately smoke or smouldering or flames are detected.

iii) A fire safety check of the working area must be made approximately 60 minutes after the completion of each period of work and immediate steps taken to extinguish any smouldering or flames discovered.

iv) Blow lamps and blow torches must be filled in the open and must not be lit until immediately before use and must be extinguished immediately after use.

v) A person must be appointed by the Insured to act as an observer to watch for signs of smoke or smouldering or flames.

Sub-paragraph v) does not apply to the application of heat by means of blow lamps, blow torches, hot air guns or hot air strippers.

b) Use of asphalt, bitumen, tar, pitch or lead heaters

i) The heating must be carried out in the open in a vessel designed for the purpose and, if carried out on a roof, the vessel must be placed on a non-combustible heat insulating base.


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