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Vacancies on Board of Boiler Rules - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces three vacancies on the Board of Boiler Rules (Board) established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 755. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §65.65. This announcement is for one owner or user of boilers; a representative of an organization that repairs or alters boilers, and one boiler insurance agent.
The purpose of the Board of Boiler Rules is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in the adoption of definitions and rules relating to the safe construction, installation, inspection, operating limits, alteration, and repair of boilers and their appurtenances.
The Board is composed of eleven members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of three members representing persons who own or use boilers in this state; three members representing companies that insure boilers in this state; one member representing boiler manufacturers or installers; one member representing organizations that repair or alter boilers in this state; one member representing a labor union and two public members. Members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of three members expiring January 31 of each odd-numbered year.
Interested persons should apply online. Applicants may also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), FAX (512-475-2874) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.
TDLR proposes the repeal of all existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 65 and the proposal of new rules regarding the Boilers program. The proposed repeal is necessary to allow for rule simplification by adopting new rules that are better organized, easier to navigate and are in alignment with processes and procedures of the Department’s licensing, examination, certification and other boiler related activities.
The proposed new rules are necessary to replace existing rules, which have become cumbersome, dense and not well organized. The proposed new rules are also necessary as part of the Department’s agency wide effort to use plain language in Department rules, forms, letters and other communication. Read the rule proposal for more information.
The Board of Boiler Rules met October 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda is available online. View the staff reports (427KB PDF). The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.
WHAT IS A BOILER?
Equipment that falls within the scope of the Texas Boiler Law and Rules, that must be registered and inspected, is defined in both the law and rules. This means all types of boilers that are used in commercial and public facilities that produce steam (either low or high pressure), hot water heating for use in comfort air heating systems, and hot water supply for use in domestic water systems (such as showers, sinks, pools, or for miscellaneous use) which includes potable hot water heater type boilers. Boilers used for hot water supply or potable hot water supply can be further defined in the following two (2) categories:
- A hot water supply boiler means a boiler designed for operation at a pressure not exceeding 160 psig or temperatures not exceeding 250 degrees Fahrenheit at or near the boiler outlet if the boiler’s: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour; water temperature exceeds 210 degrees Fahrenheit; or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
- A potable water heater means a boiler designed for operation at pressures not exceeding 160 psig and water temperatures not exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit if the boiler’s: heat input exceeds 200,000 BTUs per hour or nominal water-containing capacity exceeds 120 gallons.
Further classification and definitions can be obtained by accessing the Texas Boiler Law and Rules and referring to the definitions in both the law and rules or by calling (800) 722-7843 and a technical representative can assist you with any questions.