I keep hearing about a 10-year inspection on my gas furnaces in my plant?
It is the responsibility of the owner of a special building to have their gas furnaces and plant inspected every 10 years and to keep it on file. This falls under the Ontario Regulation 212/01 Gaseous Fuels. If you Google it the act will come up for review. Look at page 5 number 16, Supply of gas, and 17, Duties of owner of special building. All the information is in that book.
How often do we need to get our gas production equipment inspected?
You need to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedures. If they are not available the minimum accepted procedure is to do a yearly inspection. The inspection should include the following:
- Inspect the gas burners (cleaning is always recommended).
- Test all the limits and safeties to insure they are working properly.
- Fix any deficiencies that are not an immediate concern as soon as possible. Any safety issues must be fix before unit can be put back in service.
- Testing of the emissions is also recommended.
Can my maintenance personnel do the work?
The only person that can perform the inspection and service on a gas or oil appliance is a person that is holding a valid gas or oil license. The license must also be valid for the gas consumption of the unit and the fuel type they are working on.
How can we be certain if they are qualified?
The license is issued by TSSA the technical standards and safety authority. It should also say Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
- G.2 can work on 400,000 BTU or lower gas and propane.
- G.1 can work on 400,000 BTU or more gas and propane.
- OBT-2 Is an oil burner technician, 400,000 BTU or lower.
- OBT-1 Is an oil burner technician, 400,000 BTU or more.
What is the TSSA?
TSSA or the technical standards and safety authority is the enforcing authority for gas, oil, and propane. They are also responsible for a lot of author safety issues look them up at www.tssa.org.
Do TSSA ever do plant inspection?
At this time TSSA has started to do plant inspections all over Ontario. They do not need to advise you of the visit. They will stop in and talk to the Production Foreman or plant manager. They will ask several questions and will do a plant inspection. Any infraction to the Gas Code that they see will automatically cause them to right up a correction order.
What is involved in a correction order?
If the infractions are minor and do not involve a safety issue you will normally have 90 day to correct. If there is a major infraction they have the authority to call the gas company and have the gas shut off until the Unit is safe to operate.
What type of question or thing are they looking for?
This is some of the thing author plant managers have reported to us.
- They are looking for a list and plant location, of all the units, the model, serial number and total BTU.
- They are looking for past service records on the equipment. They should be in one folder or binder. And need to be easily accessible. He will be charging you by the hour for his time in the plant. Also note these records must be available for as long as the unit is in the plant.
- You will need the Contractors Name Address and phone number. The license number of the workers performing the work. The Contractor TSSA Registration Number.
- They will also be looking at the history to see if you are doing the minimum once a year inspection, and testing of the limits and safeties. (Please note that having a service contract does not get you of the hook if they have no time to perform the entire test). You need documentation for each unit and what was performed how and if it all passed.
- All gas lines need to be identified inside the plant an outside. Please note the minimum is a one inch yellow band every 20 feet and any time the gas line changes direction. Yellow duct tape work well to do this job and it is cheap.
- If you have a gas unit on your roof the code says you need a permanent ladder to access the units and it has to be safe to work on them.
The following question applies to bigger production equipment.
- They will look to see if you have Field Approvals, TSSA approvals or Canadian standard approvals on the rating plates of all the unites.
- Is there a rating plate on all the equipment?
- Do you have the proper Electrical inspection on the control panels?
- They will also be looking to see if you have posted the proper sequence of operation and if there is shutdown instruction.
If I need more information where can I get some answers?
You can go to www.tssa.org they have answers to more question. They also have a list of phone numbers you can access on that site.
Or you can call Specialty Combustion at 1-519-765-1600 or you can email us.