How often does my boiler or pressure vessel need to be inspected?
What are the fees for BCD inspection services?
Did you know that most commercial air compressors require inspections every 5 years?
The frequency of inspection and permit fees are as follows and are based upon the type and the size of boilers or pressure vessels.
One external and one internal inspection per year for boilers where boiler design allows access for inspection of internal areas.(Code P1L, P1S )
One external inspection per year for boilers where construction does not permit access to internal areas, (Code P1E).
One external inspection every year. (Code M1E).
One external inspection and one internal inspection every two years for boilers where construction permits access for inspection of internal areas, (Code bL, bS)
One external inspection every two years for boilers where construction does not permit access to internal areas, (Code bE).
Cast Iron Sectional Heating Boilers: One external inspection every two years unless the Board of Boiler Rules has reason to believe that an internal inspection of an individual boiler is necessary to assure safe operation, (Code C2E).
One external and one internal inspection every two years on vessels subject to internal corrosion or erosion, (Code U2S, U2L).
Exceptions, pressure vessels containing Anhydrous Ammonia for use as fertilizer; external inspection every three years, (Code U3E). Pressure vessels used for beverage service whose design pressure does not exceed 300 PSI, external inspection every five years,
Exception, fixed pressure vessels containing only air, not located at a place of public assembly and not exceeding 20 cubic feet in volume and not operated at gauge pressures exceeding 200 PSI shall be inspected once every five years, (Code U5S). The inspector may waive an internal inspection of any pressure vessel subject to internal corrosion or erosion if by alternate inspection methods, such as ultrasonic thickness measurement, the inspector believes that the internal inspection is not required.
*Please note: This means that most commercial air compressors (pressure vessels) require State or Oregon or Insurance company inspection every 2 or 5 years.
Reference ORS 480.525 and OAR 918-225-0570.
One external inspection every two years for pressure vessels not subject to internal
corrosion or erosion, (Code U2E).
Includes boiler and non boiler external piping connected to a steam boiler or a high temperature hot water boiler (greater than 250 deg. F.) or pressurized condensate piping. Inspected on installation only.
Your State of Oregon Operating Permit will highlight which code is applicable to your boiler or pressure vessel.
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Boilers requiring internal inspections, (based upon the heating surface):
Boilers of 15 hp or less
15 to 100 hp
100 to 500 hp
Greater than 500 hp
Cast Iron boilers
(20 sq. ft. & under)
(21 sq. ft. & over)
$66/hour (including travel time)$ 99/hour overtime
Special permit fees
$27.50 (Per boiler or pressure vessel inspected by special inspectors)
All above fees except for shop inspection fees have a 12% surcharge added.
Shop Inspection fees $66/hour (including travel time)$99/hour overtime
What do I need to do to prepare for
an external inspection?
do I need to do to prepare for an internal inspection?
Insure that the valid operating permit has been posted on or near the boiler or pressure vessel.
Verify that the boiler room or that the location of the pressure vessel is well lighted and clean (see OAR 918-225-0465). Insure that all safety hazards are addressed. All oil, etc. removed from the external areas of the pressure vessel. Insure the ASME data plate has been cleaned and any covers removed.
Insure that the boiler or pressure vessel is in operating condition.
Verify that all operating and safety controls and or devices are functioning normally. Insure that the safety valve(s) are in an operating condition.
Provide acceptable ladders or other devices as necessary.
Insure that the boiler log is available (for power boilers).
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Insure that your Lockout / Tagout procedures are initiated and that compliance is strictly adhered to (this includes procedures acceptable by OROSHA).
Lock out and tag fuel supply valves including pilots and alternate fuel supply if equipped.
After the boiler has cooled sufficiently, drain all water from the boiler, insure bleed valve has been opened if boiler is not equipped with a vacuum breaker. Thoroughly wash the water side.
Disconnect, lock out and tag all electrical connections.
Close, lock out and tag feed water and chemical supply or other supply valves or open and blank or cap lines. If the boiler is connected to other boilers with a common steam header and common blow down lines, close, lock out and tag primary and secondary main steam stop valves, open lock out and tag bleed valve between these two valves or open and blank steam line. Close, lock and tag out
blow down valves or open and blank or cap blown down line(s).
Allow the boiler to cool sufficiently then remove all manway and hand hole covers, remove the covers for all float type low water cut off chambers, remove inspection plugs or caps from crosses or tees, remove the burner if the furnace or the fire box is not otherwise accessible.
Insure that a safe atmosphere exists in water side and fire side areas and that this safe atmosphere is maintained.
Clean all waterside and fire side areas.
Insure that a responsible person is available to attend and be in constant communication with the inspector while the inspector is inside the boiler. Procedures must include summoning rescue assistance and means to rescue those inside the boiler without endangering rescue personnel.
All lock out and tag out procedures as for a boiler shall be followed.
For high or low operating temperatures, allow the vessel to
cool or warm at rate to prevent damage.
Insure that all toxic, flammable or other contaminant gases are purged from the vessel.
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