Boilers and Boiler Safety
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Willbanks & Associates hosted a lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 29th in Austin, TX to give their customers, including mechanical contractors and engineers, an opportunity to learn about recent Texas boiler law updates. Rob Troutt, Chief Boiler Inspector of Texas, joined Willbanks & Associates’ lunch & learn to discuss the 2016 Texas Boiler Law and Rules updates and how to complete the two new forms required for boiler installations in Texas; the Boiler Installation Report (BIR) and the Temporary Operating Permit (TOP). (read the full story)
Notice of Vacancies on Board of Boiler Rules
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces four 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 §65.100-104. 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. This announcement is for: (1) person who owns or use boilers in this state; (2) a representative of companies that insure boilers in this state; (3) a representative of organizations that repair or alter boilers in this state; and (4) a public member.
The Board is composed of eleven members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of the following:
- 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.
Issued in Austin, Texas on December 27, 2016.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
On March 6, 2015, the Advisory Board on Boiler Rules recommended the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopt a completely revised version of the Texas Administrative Boiler Rules. The Commission adopted these rules, which went into effect on June 15, 2015.
The revision includes a complete reformatting and adds new requirements. TDLR recommends owners, operators and installers of boilers in Texas review the newly adopted Texas Administrative Boiler Rules in their entirety.
Some but not all of the new requirements include:
- As of January 1, 2016, if your boiler goes over 90 days overdue, the Boiler Program will assign the required Certificate inspection to be completed by either a Deputy Boiler Inspector or an Authorized Inspection Agency. The owner will be required to pay a $260.00 Boiler Inspection Fee (to the agency that conducts the inspection) as well as a $70.00 late fee. This is in addition to the $70.00 Certificate of Operation fee that is normally charged. This requirement can be found in sections 65.91 and 65.300 (j).
- The re-use of gaskets or sealing compounds on Manholes and Handholes of Boilers is prohibited. This can be found in sections 65.210 (b) (11) (A), (B) and (C).
- There is now a fee associated with the following (see section 65.300):
- Boiler Installation Reports--$25
- All chimney and vents shall be installed in accordance with Boiler Manufacturer recommendations and Chimney/Vent Manufacturer recommendations. This can be found in section 65.602.
- Changes were made to ventilation requirements (see section 65.603):
- For two openings, one commencing not more than 12 inches from the ceiling of the room and one commencing not more than 12 inches from the floor of the room, the opening shall be sized on the basis of one square inch of free area for each 3,000 Btu/hour input per opening of the combined burners located in the boiler room.
- Requirements were added for boilers of a Sealed Combustion Design, also referred to as Condensing Boilers. When boilers of a seal combustion design are installed, the boiler room is required to either meet the requirements listed above or have a Carbon Monoxide Detector installed. The detector is required to secure the boiler if the power is lost to the boiler or carbon monoxide reaches 100 parts per million. The Carbon Monoxide Detector is also required to be calibrated every 18 months.
- For a single uninterrupted air supply, no change was made.
- For power ventilators, no change was made.
Any questions regarding these rules may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-539-5716.
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.