Changes to Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation (PEBPVRSR)
Topic: Announcement of amendments to the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation
The Province of British Columbia has amended the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation (PEBPVRSR). The amendments provide for two changes to the BC safety system. The changes are effective immediately. A complete copy of the changes is attached to this Information Bulletin.
The first change details the exemption from prescribed staffing requirements for low pressure thermal fluid plants. The change is intended to recognize advances in control technology for these non-pressurized systems. The changes to sections 2, 74, 79 and the addition of section
84.1 to the PEBPVRSR specify that low pressure thermal fluid plants of any size may be exempt from staffing requirements provided that they meet the criteria specified in the PEBPVRSR. Generally, those plants may be exempted from staffing requirements if they have automated control systems, commissioning systems, functional testing programs and maintenance programs that have been approved by a professional engineer. All of these documents have to be registered by a Provincial Safety Manager. Owners will be required to ensure that functional testing and maintenance programs are carried out as approved by a professional engineer.
The second change amends the former qualification requirements for Boiler Safety Officers. Previously, only first class power engineers or, in certain circumstances, second class power engineers were eligible to become Boiler Safety Officers. Under the revised section 65, the prerequisite for application is that the applicant must meet the qualification requirements of the National Board of Boiler Inspectors (NBBI) for obtaining a National Board Commission. Those qualification requirements can be viewed at the NBBI website ( www.nationalboard.org). The intent of this change is to broaden the skill set and prospective applicant pool for Boiler Safety Officers.
Director Technical Programs
Bill 19 – 2003 Safety Standards Act
B.C. Reg. 105/2004 Safety Standards General Regulation
Reg. 104/2004 Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Safety Regulation