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Boiler, Pressure Vessel, Refrigeration

Data by technology: Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration

Technical Safety BC oversees the design, construction, installation and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration plants throughout British Columbia in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation.

Incidents

In 2020, the number of Boiler, Pressure Vessel, and Refrigeration incidents reported to us increased by six (15%) compared to 2019.

One major incident was reported to us. This involved a worker receiving a third-degree burn injury when high-temperature condensate sprayed on his body.

Note: The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC that were still under investigation at year-end.

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Incidents by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Injuries

Two injuries were reported to us in 2020. One was rated major involving third-degree burns to a worker’s body, the other moderate.

Please note that we receive injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following, the incident. Injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to us and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Injuries by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Permits

In 2020, there were 1,436 installation permits and 61,031 operating permits in the Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration technology.

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Permits by Year (2016 - 2020)

Assessments

Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 4,879 assessments of boiler, pressure vessel, and refrigeration equipment in 2020. There were 3,115 in-person inspections and 1,764 remote inspections.
 

Assessment ratings

Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations, and/or applicable technical code(s).
Fail The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations, and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work on the affected system or phase of work, and/or operation of the regulated equipment must not be undertaken until the identified non-compliances have been corrected.
Note: Unlike some other technologies we regulate, BVPR does not have a Conditional Pass category.

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration In-person Inspections in 2020

Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Remote Inspections in 2020

Licensing directive 

In 2020, Technical Safety BC issued a directive clarifying the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a contractor licence under the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation.

This directive helps outline the work contractors do, and how it is managed in a quality control manual. By working with our stakeholders and defining their work scope within these quality control documents, we will be able to streamline all class licenses in the future.

Ammonia Safety systems that were developed in 2020 and rolled out in 2021 will assist with ammonia plants to manage various high hazards associated with their facilities.