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Boiler & Pressure Vessels frequently asked questions

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Q:   Does a unit with more than 199,000 Btu's need an ASME rating? Is this something the mechanical code addresses, or does such an installation require an Oregon boiler permit?
A:  

The unit requires a boiler permit if it exceeds any of the following: 199,000 Btu, water temperature of 210 degrees F0, 150 pounds of operating pressure, or volume of 120 gallons or greater.
(Tri-County Code Forum, May 30, 2002)


Q:   If multiple water heaters were piped together for space heating, would Btu's and volume combine to make the system a boiler?
A:  

No.
(Tri-County Code Forum, May 30, 2002)


Q:   Please explain B31.3 and B31.9
A:  

ASME B31.9 refers to building services piping. B31.3 refers to process piping which can include hazardous material piping.
(Tri-County Code Forum, February 28, 2002)


Q:   How does BCD work with insurance companies?
A:  

The Insurance Industry and the Boiler Safety Program, Partners for Safety!


Q:   Is my installer licensed?
A:  

Search your installers license number


Q:   How do I get licensed?
A:  

These links take you to the License Directory site.

 

Application Process Boiler Business

(B) Boiler Business

(CL1) Class 1-Trainee

(CL2) Class 2 - Pressure Vessel Installer

(CL3) Class 3 - Building Service Mechanic

(CL4) Class 4 - Boilermaker

(CL5) Class 5 - Pressure Piping Mechanic

(CL5A) Class 5A - Process Piping Mechanic

(CL5B) Class 5B - Refrigeration Piping Mechanic

(CL6) Class 6 - Welder


Q:   What in-shop inspection services does BCD provide?
A:  

The Boiler Safety Program involves many activities other than inspection of operating boilers and pressure vessels. One of the more important services we provide is shop or field inspection of pressure equipment being constructed or repaired. The process of shop inspection is tightly regulated by The ASME who publish the minimum safety standards Oregon has adopted as part of its Boiler Law.


The minimum safety standards of the Oregon Boiler Law include The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, which regulates construction of new pressure equipment manufactured or installed in Oregon, and The National Board Inspection Code (ANSI/NB-23) for repair or alteration of operating pressure equipment. Both of these standards require an Authorized Inspector (AI), commissioned by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and having advanced inspection training, to perform shop and field inspections of pressure equipment being constructed, repaired or altered.


For new construction of ASME pressure equipment, the Authorized Inspector is required to be an employee of an ASME Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) which acts as a third-party inspection agency. The AIA may be an insurance company authorized by The ASME; or the State itself may be authorized as an AIA by The ASME. In Oregon, both an insurance company and the State are AIA organizations and provide shop inspection services. Each AIA must have a written agreement with a manufacturer of pressure equipment before providing shop inspection service, and must also designate the AI for each shop by letter to the ASME.


The purpose of third-party shop inspection is to ensure that regulated activities are performed within the requirements of the minimum safety standards; and to ensure that only safe, dependable pressure equipment is manufactured, installed, or operated in jurisdictions which adopts the same safety standards. The Oregon Boiler program is pleased to provide AIA shop inspection service on request for ASME Code work, or for National Board authorized repair shops.


Q:   What is the difference between a boiler and a water heater?
A:   The difference can be found on our "Boiler or Water Heater?" page
Q:   When is the next Board of Boiler Rules meeting?
A:   Refer to our Board of Boiler rules calendar
Q:   Who is on the Board of Boiler Rules
A:   Board Members