Ontario Farms Must Register Boilers and Pressure Vessels Beginning in July


The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), Ontario’s public safety regulator, wants owners, operators and insurers of boilers and pressure equipment used for agricultural purposes to know a major change to safety laws that will come into effect this summer.

Following the July 2020 communication, as of July 1, 2021, all new installations of boilers, pressure vessels, fittings and piping used for agricultural purposes must comply with:

• Ontario Regulation 220/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels, under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. These regulations apply to the design, construction, maintenance, use, operation, repair and maintenance of boilers, pressure vessels and piping in Ontario.

• Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B51: 19 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code, a national code that promotes safe practices in design, construction, installation, operation, inspection and repair.

The following describes the first steps in TSSA’s collaboration with the farming community on this change, as outlined in a press release.

The exemption that was previously in place for boilers and pressure equipment used for agricultural purposes was revoked last summer due to growing safety concerns that were also highlighted by the Auditor General in her report. 2018.

The regulation concerns the following equipment used for agricultural purposes *

• steam boilers

• water boilers

• refrigeration equipment using ammonia, carbon dioxide, group A1 refrigerants and all other refrigerants

• pressure vessels

• pressure piping

* Unless stated otherwise in the exclusions below due to equipment size, lower pressure, lower temperatures and non-hazardous liquid.

Here are some examples of equipment excluded from the regulation:

• a boiler with a heating surface of 10 square feet (0.93 square meters) or less;

• a pressurized appliance, fitting or piping that contains gas, vapor or liquid at a maximum allowable working pressure of 15 psi (103 kPa) or less;

• pressurized piping forming part of the heating system of a building which is,

(i) heated by steam to a pressure not exceeding 15 psi (103 kPa), or

(ii) heated by water at a pressure not exceeding 160 psi (1100 kPa) and at a temperature not exceeding 250 ° F (121 ° C);

• a pressurized device, fitting or piping that contains liquids which are no more dangerous than water and which operates at a temperature of 150 ° F (65 ° C) or less and at a maximum allowable working pressure 250 psi (1717 kPa) or less;

See O. Reg. 220/01, s. 2 for other exclusions.

Therefore, as of July 1, 2021, newly installed boilers and pressure equipment that fall under O. Reg. 220/01 must comply with the following regulatory requirements:

• Pressure equipment manufacturers must register their designs with the TSSA and designs must meet the requirements of the applicable North American code. Once approved, a Canadian Registration Number (NRC) is issued, which must be marked on the nameplate of each boiler and pressure vessel.

• Manufacturers, manufacturers, contractors, assemblers or repair organizations of pressure equipment must have a valid certificate of authorization.

• A TSSA BPV inspector performs an installation inspection of all pressure equipment before it can be put into service. Once completed, the TSSA issues a Certificate of Inspection (COI).

• Once owners and operators have received a COI, certified equipment will then be subject to periodic inspection by a qualified inspector – owners should request an inspection either from their insurer or from the TSSA, as applicable. before the expiry date of their inspection certificate. .

Each owner of a device is responsible for the safe maintenance and operation of their pressure equipment and for immediately reporting to the TSSA any incident causing injury, death or property damage.

There is no change in operational engineering practices.

TSSA fees for registration, inspection, engineering and permitting services for new equipment will be levied using a cost recovery model in accordance with the Boiler Fee Schedule and TSSA pressure vessels.

Existing material

The TSSA is currently developing a plan, which will be phased over five years, to bring all currently installed boilers and pressure vessels that are currently installed and used for agricultural purposes that fall under the regulation into compliance as of July 1, 2021, and to improve the safety of these devices. . As part of this plan, the TSSA will register the equipment. More details will be released shortly.

The TSSA will continue to work with agricultural partners to implement the new regulatory requirements, ensuring that owners, operators and insurers of pressure equipment used for agricultural purposes understand the safety rules and do so. that they must do to comply.

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