(a) General rule.--
A boiler or unfired pressure vessel shall be inspected before being placed into service. Regular field inspection shall be made on a periodic basis as provided in this section.
(b) Power boilers and process boilers.--
Power boilers and process boilers shall be internally field inspected once every 12 months, except as follows:
(1) Power boiler internal inspections may be extended to 24 months if the following requirements are met:
(i) Continuous boiler water treatment under the direct supervision of persons trained and experienced in water treatment for the purpose of controlling and limiting corrosion and deposits.
(ii) Recordkeeping available for review showing:
(A) the date and time the boiler is out of service and the reason therefore; and
(B) daily analysis of water samples that adequately show the conditions of the water and any elements or characteristics which are capable of producing corrosion or other deterioration to the boiler or its parts.
(iii) Annual external inspections are performed by a Commonwealth-commissioned inspector, which shall include a review of items under subparagraph (ii).
(iv) The boiler is operated under direct supervision of persons competent in all aspects of boiler operations.
(v) Inspection records demonstrate that no significant scaling, corrosion, erosion or overheating has occurred.
(2) Process boiler internal inspections may be extended to 60 months if:
(i) Conditions under paragraph (1)(i), (ii), (iii) and (v) are met.
(ii) The boiler is in continuous operation and is fully attended.
(c) Low-pressure steam vapor, hot water heating and supply boilers.--
Low-pressure steam vapor, hot water heating and hot water supply boilers shall be field inspected every two years.
(d) Unfired pressure vessels.--
Unfired pressure vessels shall be field-inspected every three years.
(e) Alteration of inspection schedule.--
The department, upon request of the owner or insurer of the boiler or unfired pressure vessel, may alter the inspection schedule for a period of not more than six months.
(f) Boilers determined deficient.--
If an inspector finds that a boiler is dangerous to life or property, the inspector shall immediately notify the department of all deficiencies. If the department determines that a boiler or unfired pressure vessel is not in a safe condition to be operated, the boiler or unfired pressure vessel shall not be operated until the following occur:
(1) Proper repairs are made in accordance with this act.
(2) An inspection of the boiler or unfired pressure vessel indicates that it is in a safe condition to be operated.
(3) A certificate of operation is issued by the department.
1998, June 18, P.L. 655, No. 85, § 10, added 2013, Nov. 27, P.L. 1149, No. 104, § 3, effective in 180 days [May 27, 2014].
35 P.S. § 1331.10, PA ST 35 P.S. § 1331.10
Current through 2023 Regular Session Act 32. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.