Assessments: Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration
Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration assessments at Technical Safety BC
Technical Safety BC performs routine remote and physical assessments on boilers, refrigeration plants, pressure piping and pressure vessels.
To request an assessment, complete our Boiler and Refrigeration Inspection Declaration Form. Once we receive your request, our safety officers will review the information to determine the appropriate next step, which can be one of the following options:
- Waive the inspection: we accept the permit holder’s declaration of compliance and do not perform a remote or physical inspection. This means no inspection will be performed and no certificate of inspection will be issued.
- Schedule a physical inspection:if a high hazard has been identified or is suspected, a safety officer will arrange to physically attend the site to perform the inspection. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the physical inspection.
- Schedule a remote inspection: a safety officer performs the inspection without physically attending the site. To carry out a remote inspection, they will request evidence of one or more of the information types listed below. Alternatively, you can contact your local safety officer to arrange a time to walk through the installation via live video conferencing tools. A certificate of inspection will be issued to the permit holder upon completion of the remote inspection.
To support the remote inspection process, you will be asked to provide specific evidence that clearly demonstrates the scope of the regulated work or product.
Types of evidence that may be requested include, but are not limited to:
- Photo or videos logs (time-stamped when necessary)
- Documentation (PDFs, Word, etc.)
- Live video conferencing
Since every permit and assessment has its own unique considerations, we cannot advise exactly what evidence will be required prior to receiving a request for inspection (declaration form). Please refer to our remote assessments BPVR guidelines to learn more.
Remember to record your installations through photo and/or video logs and to retain copies of relevant documentation stored on site, so that these are available if requested by your local safety officer.
Any questions? Email us with the subject line “Remote assessments”.
Other Assessment Options
Performing your own inspections – the Equivalent Standards Agreements (ESAs)
Regulated equipment owners with an operating permit are obligated to regularly inspect and maintain their units, to ensure they’re in safe working condition and comply with the applicable code. This includes managing the integrity of your pressure equipment throughout its lifecycle: from design to construction and installation, to its entire service life (operation, maintenance, repairs, alterations, inspections) to its decommissioning.
The Equivalent Standards Agreement (ESA) is an agreement between large plant operators and Technical Safety BC. For more information, see the Equivalent Standards Agreement.
ASME Shop Inspections
Technical Safety BC conducts code inspections to ensure that boiler and pressure vessel equipment conforms to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Certification Program.
To book an inspection time, submit an ASME Shop Inspection Request.
Preparing confined spaces for inspection
Before your boiler inspection, prepare any confined spaces to avoid hazards for our safety officers. See Notice: Confined Space Entry Requirements for more details.
Inspection fees vary based on the day of the week, and the duration of the inspection.
Frequently asked questions due to COVID-19
If you install, own, operate, or maintain regulated equipment, you are obligated to continue to meet all regulatory requirements for public safety. This includes capacity for enough personnel to maintain compliance to the Act, Regulation, code, and any equipment manufacturers’ operations and maintenance requirements.
If you are unable to meet the regulatory requirements or if product availability becomes an issue, you may request a variation to a code, standard, regulation, and act by completing the variance form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com, with the subject line: "COVID-19: Regulatory responsibilities".
We are also sharing some online tools that can be used to help develop and refine a business continuity plan:
If you have already established business continuity protocols or identified different levels of service to provide, we invite you to share your plan with us. In the interest of industry and safety, we welcome the opportunity to provide feedback, please reach out to us.
Some buildings have a “no visitor policy” or are temporarily closed to comply with COVID-19 prevention protocol mandated by provincial health authorities. It’s understandable that licensed contractors won’t be able to perform any periodic maintenance and may only respond to emergencies.