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On The Level - July 2020 Edition

Articles in the July 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Coming Soon: 2020 National Electrical Code
  • Remote Inspections of Industrialized Housing & Buildings
  • Elevator Certificate Extensions
  • TDLR's Sunset Review
  • 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

TDLR Adopts Amendments to Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopts amendments to the Boilers program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 65, Subchapter A, §65.2; Subchapter C, §65.13; Subchapter N, §65.206 and §65.214; Subchapter O, §65.300; and Subchapter R, §65.603 and §65.607. The adopted rules require a boiler room carbon monoxide detection and interlock system for future boiler installations and make additional clarifications for consistency.

The adoption justification was published in the June 26, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 4330). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of July 1, 2020.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes amendments to the Boilers program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 65, Subchapter A, §65.2 and Subchapter I, §65.64. The proposed rules would implement recommendations from the Board of Boiler Rules, the Extensions Task Group, staff, and stakeholders for specific conditions to qualify for the extension of the internal inspection interval in accordance with Texas boiler law, Health and Safety Code §755.026, and add four related definitions.

The proposed rules were published in the June 5, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 3719). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until July 6, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Boilers program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules..

COVID-19: Boiler Inspection Requirements Temporarily Suspended

To help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, TDLR requested and received authority from Governor Greg Abbott to suspend certain regulatory requirements statewide, to the extent necessary to extend inspection time requirements for boilers.

  • A boiler Certificate of Operation that expires in the time period from March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2020, shall NOT receive any penalty for failing to obtain an inspection before the Certificate of Operation expires.
  • All boiler owners who request an extension of the internal inspection interval will maintain eligibility for an extension even if the required inspections have not been performed. This policy will be applied to all boiler extensions for which the Certificate of Operation expires during the time period of March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2020. (§755.025 and §755.026, Health and Safety Code)

TDLR investigators will respond in case of an accident or emergency.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

TDLR Adopts Amendments to Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 65, Subchapter C, §65.12, regarding the Boilers Program. The adopted amendments implement House Bill 2847, Article 6, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which amends Health and Safety Code §755.029(c), removing the requirement to post boiler certificates of operation under glass.

The adoption justification was published in the January 24, 2020 issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 535). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of February 1, 2020.

Inspector Image Portal No Longer Available

Effective November 11, 2019, elevator, escalator and boiler inspectors and members of the public may access elevator, escalator, and boiler inspection reports and related documents using the search feature on the TDLR website. The Inspector Image Portal is no longer available.

If you are unable to locate a document, please submit a request for that document to: Open.Records@tdlr.texas.gov

Your Voice Matters: TDLR Wants Your Input on Proposed Disaster Recovery Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) would like your comments and suggestions regarding proposed new rules to assist with recovery efforts when the Governor declares a disaster under Government Code, Chapter 418. As part of our Core Value of open and free communication we are asking for your feedback on these proposed rules before we file them with the Texas Register as required by the Administrative Procedures Act.

The proposed new Disaster Recovery Rules include provisions for:

Obtaining and renewing an emergency license, and alternative license requirements for the following license types: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technicians, Electricians, Consent Tow Truck Permits, Consent Tow Operator License, Tow Company License, Temporary Vehicle Storage Facilities, Out-of-State Healthcare Providers, and Mold Assessment and Remediation Companies.

The proposed new Disaster Recovery Rules, among other things, allow Barber, Cosmetology, and Driver Education Schools to relocate during the declared disaster and waive the filing of reports. The proposed new rules address Water Treatment Records required to obtain an extension for boiler inspections and extend the continuing education requirements for Driver Education Instructors. The new proposed rules waive fees and provide for sanctions and administrative penalties.

Comments may be submitted via email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov, via facsimile to (512) 475-3032, or by mail to Dalma Sotero, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711. Deadline for receipt of comments is 5:00 pm, September 16, 2019.

Safety Alert: Viessmann Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Name of product:

Vitodens boilers

Applies to:

  • Vitodens 200-W, B2HB Series (models 19, 26 and 35)
  • Vitodens 222-F, B2TB Series (models 19 and 35)

Hazard:

The boiler heat exchanger back plate can corrode and leak flue gases, allowing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, posing a CO poisoning hazard to consumers.

Recall date:

April 25, 2019

More information from Viessmann

Notice from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Important Notice Regarding Online Access to Documents

BOILER INSPECTORS: The TDLR public web page for viewing boiler documents is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please note that Jurisdiction Online (JO) is still available and not impacted by this service interruption. Boiler inspectors without access to JO should send requests for boiler documents to: blazers@tdlr.texas.gov. TDLR staff will expedite your request for inspection reports. Please include your TDLR license number in the subject line of the email.

BUILDING OWNERS AND ALL OTHERS REQUESTING BOILER RECORDS: Send all requests for boiler records to: open.records@tdlr.texas.gov.

Thank you. We look forward to assisting you.

A. O. Smith Recalls Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

TDLR recommends all boiler owners, installers, operators, and inspectors and anyone interested in the boiler program read the full text of the following recall notice:

A. O. Smith Recalls Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

Changes to Boiler Certificate of Operation

Starting October 29, 2018, TDLR is issuing new Certificates of Operation for Boilers, including new Temporary Operating Permits. The new certificates include any variances issued, instead of listing those on another sheet of paper. The Temporary Operating Permits include the expiration date. The new certificates also feature a slight design upgrade. Please see Technical Gram 2018-06 for more info.

New and Updated Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures

TDLR updated three of the Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures:

TDLR recommends all Authorized Inspection Agencies, boiler owners and operators, and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the three inspector procedure documents. View all Authorized Inspection Agency Inspector Procedures

Technical Grams Concerning Rental Boilers and Leased Boilers

TDLR issued two technical grams:

These technical grams describe each type of boiler, how it is tracked in the boiler database, and who is responsible for inspecting it. TDLR recommends that all boiler owners, operators, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program, read the full text of these technical grams.

Updated Forms

TDLR updated several forms on the Boiler Forms page. Please download forms from TDLR’s web site each time you use them to ensure you have the current version.

NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Please be aware the that United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has put out a recall notice with the following headline: NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard.

For additional information, please go to the following websites:

TDLR recommends that boiler owners and operators read the information provided in the links above.

Technical Gram concerning Intellihot Water Supply Boilers and Potable Water Heaters

On February 26, 2018, TDLR issued a Technical Gram concerning Intellihot Water Supply Boilers and Potable Water Heaters. The Technical Gram clarifies how these are considered modular boilers, and further, how they will be registered with TDLR and boiler numbers assigned. TDLR recommends that all boiler owners, operators, installers, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.

Vacancy on the Board of Boiler Rules

TDLR announces a vacancy on the Board of Boiler Rules 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 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:

    1. three members representing persons who own or use boilers in this state;
    2. three members representing companies that insure boilers in this state;
    3. one member representing boiler manufacturers or installers;
    4. one member representing organizations that repair or alter boilers in this state;
    5. one member representing a labor union, and
    6. 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 on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone at (800) 803-9202 or e-mail to advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Technical Gram Concerning Hurricane Harvey: Boiler Extensions

On September 20, 2017, TDLR issued a Boiler Technical Gram concerning Hurricane Harvey: Boiler Extensions. The Technical Gram provides the conditions under which boilers with extensions and affected by Hurricane Harvey may still have their next extension approved.

TDLR recommends owners of all affected boilers and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.

Technical Gram Concerning Hotsy Boilers Texas Special Designation

On September 19, 2017, TDLR issued new boiler technical gram 2017-04 concerning Hotsy Boilers being given a Texas Special designation. These high temperature water boilers are part of Hotsy pressure washer systems; the tech gram assists inspectors in performing inspections. TDLR recommends all Boiler Inspectors and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram.

Update on Recovering Boiler Systems After A Flood

TDLR has updated information you need to consider after a flood

Technical Gram Concerning Proper Venting Requirements

On August 7, 2017, TDLR issued a boiler program technical gram concerning Proper Venting Requirements, Applicable to Extensions Only (Texas Boiler Rule 16 TAC Section 65.606). This technical gram clarifies that Section 65.606 of the Texas Boiler Rules only applies when an extension has been granted. This information was erroneously omitted during a 2015 rulemaking. TDLR recommends all boiler owners, operators, and inspectors, as well as anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/memos/2017-02%20Proper%20Venting%20-%20Extension%20Only.pdf.

Technical Gram Concerning PHP Boilers

On August 7, 2017, TDLR issued a boiler program technical gram concerning PHP Boilers. The technical gram discusses the de-rating of certain non-ASME Code boilers installed in Texas over the last 5 years. TDLR recommends that all boiler inspectors and anyone interested in TDLR's boiler program read the full text of the technical gram at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/boilers/memos/2017-03%20PHP%20Boilers.pdf.


Board of Boiler Rules Meetings

August 6, 2020 Meeting

The Board of Boiler Rules met August 6, 2020 in Austin. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The agenda is available online.


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.