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Risk in Context

An Update on Changes to Ontario’s New Boilers & Pressure Vessels Regulations

Posted by Matthew Dugalic July 13, 2018

On July 1, 2018, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) introduced new regulations governing boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario.

How Will These Changes Affect You?

Under the amended regulation, owner operators must now apply to the TSSA to obtain a Certificate of Inspection, which will act as authorization to legally operate the BPV equipment in question.

Under the previous regulation, if the BPV devices are insured, the Machinery Breakdown insurer would issue a COI if they were satisfied that the boiler or pressure vessel could continue to operate and be used safely. Under the new regulations, Machinery Breakdown insurers/TSSA inspectors will have 30 days to issue a Record of Inspection to the TSSA upon completion of their inspection. The vessel owner/operator will now have 30 days to apply to TSSA and pay a fee per object in order to receive the certificate. The fees are:

  • Inspection frequency 1yr = $40/object
  • Inspection frequency 2yr = $80/object
  • Inspection frequency 3yr = $115/object

The TSSA has confirmed that certificates issued to vessel owners prior to July 1, 2018 will be valid until their stated expiry. Vessel owners will continue to receive inspection reports (this is not the same as the Record of Inspection) from insurers in addition to Loss Prevention Reports listing any violations.

Under the new regulations, insurers will be advising the TSSA of any new customers and equipment, and whether a vessel is cancelled, renewed, or removed from service, while the owner/operator will be required to notify TSSA if a vessel is removed from service, whether there has been a change in ownership or insurer, or if the equipment has become unsafe to operate.

The Record of Inspection will require the following information from vessel owner/operators and insurers:

  • Vessel unique identifier number
  • Owner/Operator Name
  • Owner/Operator Address
  • Owner/Operator Email address
  • Site name
  • Insurer name
  • Insurer email
  • Inspection agency
  • Inspection date
  • Inspection type (internal/external)
  • TSSA issued Ontario Certificate of Competency number (Inspector’s license number)
  • Inspection status
  • National Board violation category/categories
  • Maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) of vessel
  • Who owns the device(s)
  • Who insures the device(s)
  • Who inspected the device(s)

We will continue to monitor developments with respect to the implementation and will continue to keep our clients informed.

Additional questions can be directed to your local Marsh representative, or to Steve Lessard at Marsh (steve.lessard@marsh.com). The contact for any direct TSSA inquiries is Humphrey Kisembe at hkisembe@tssa.org.

Related to:  Machinery Risk

Matthew Dugalic

Matt is a senior consultant in our Machinery Risk Solutions Practice, responsible for providing machinery related business continuity and risk control services directly to our heavy industry clients particularly in the mining, mineral processing / hydrometallurgy, chemical / petrochemical processing and power generation industries.