Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

Regulations are current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-05-29. Previous Versions

Application

 This Part does not apply to

  • (a) a heating boiler that has a wetted heating surface of 3 m2 or less;

  • (b) a pressure vessel that has a capacity of 40 L or less;

  • (c) a pressure vessel that is installed for use at a pressure of one atmosphere of pressure or less;

  • (d) a pressure vessel that has an internal diameter of 152 mm or less;

  • (e) a pressure vessel that has an internal diameter of 610 mm or less and that is used to store hot water;

  • (f) a pressure vessel that has an internal diameter of 610 mm or less connected to a water pumping system and that contains compressed air which serves as a cushion;

  • (g) a hydropneumatic tank that has an internal diameter of 610 mm or less;

  • (h) an interprovincial or international pipeline; or

  • (i) a refrigeration plant that has a capacity of 18 kW or less.

  • SOR/2001-284, s. 1.

Fabrication and Installation Standards

 Every boiler, pressure vessel and pressure piping system used in a work place shall, to the extent reasonably practicable, meet the standards relating to design, construction, testing, stamping, nameplates, fabrication inspection and installation set out in clauses 4.15 to 4.18 and 5.1 to 9.1 of Part 1 of the Boiler Code.

  • SOR/94-263, s. 11;
  • SOR/2001-284, s. 1.
  •  (1) Every boiler and pressure vessel shall have at least one safety valve or other equivalent fitting to maintain pressure at or below the maximum allowable working pressure of the boiler or pressure vessel.

  • (2) When two or more boilers or pressure vessels are connected and are used at a common operating pressure, they shall each be fitted with at least one safety valve or other equivalent fitting to maintain pressure at or below the maximum allowable working pressure of the boiler or pressure vessel that has the lowest maximum allowable working pressure.

  • SOR/2001-284, s. 1.

Use, Operation, Repair, Alteration and Maintenance

  •  (1) An employer shall ensure that a qualified person, charged with the operation of a boiler, is in attendance and readily available at all times while the boiler is in operation and other employees are normally present in the same building as a boiler.

  • (2) The attendance referred to in subsection (1) is not required if

    • (a) the boiler is equipped with a fail-safe device and an automated warning device that will ensure the safe operation of the boiler and its shutdown if required, and that are installed in such a manner that they

      • (i) cannot be rendered inoperative, and

      • (ii) can be tested under operating conditions; and

    • (b) the boiler is rated below 2,000 kW in the case of a high pressure boiler, and below 3,000 kW in the case of a low pressure boiler, which includes a low pressure hot water boiler, a low pressure organic fluid boiler and a low pressure steam boiler.

  • (3) When a boiler is shut down by a device referred to in paragraph (2)(a), the boiler shall not be restarted unless it has been examined by a qualified person and the cause of the shutdown rectified.

  • SOR/88-632, s. 10(F);
  • SOR/2001-284, s. 1;
  • SOR/2014-142, s. 3(F).