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    Cutting, welding, or other hot work operations (including, but not limited to, Thermit welding, brazing, soldering, grinding, thawing pipe and installation of torch-applied roofing) conducted on an unsupervised basis have been responsible for many large fire losses due to the heat source igniting combustible materials. To properly control the hazards of cutting, welding, and other hot work, Grand Rapids Fire Department (GRFD) has established this comprehensive Hot Work Permit Program. This formal program will reduce the potential of fire loss to property and interruption of business operations.

    Who is required to use the Program?
    Contractors

    If you are a contractor doing work in the City of Grand Rapids and you engage in any heat-producing process identified in Chapter 26 of the International Fire Code, 2003 edition, you are required to obtain an Operational Permit from the GRFD Fire Prevention Bureau and follow the requirements of the GRFD Hot Work Permit Program. The permit is renewable yearly.

    Manufacturers

    If personnel in your facility engage in hot work outside of a dedicated area (such as a maintenance shop properly set up safely to do hot work), you must obtain an Operational Permit and follow the requirements of the GRFD Hot Work Permit Program. The Permit application may generate an inspection of your facility to ensure that safety procedures identified in Chapter 26 of the International Fire Code, 2003 edition, are in place. The permit is renewable yearly.