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Risk in Context

Latest Updates to Ontario’s Boilers and Pressure Vessels Regulation

Posted by Matthew Dugalic February 13, 2018

Amendments to the Ontario’s Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPV) Regulation (O. Reg. 2201/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 have been officially published. The amendments, planned to come into effect on July 1, 2018, will include the following changes:

  • Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) will directly issue a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to owners of all BPV equipment. The COI will be issued as authorization to legally operate after a passed periodic inspection and submission of a Record of Inspection (ROI) to TSSA.
  • Owners of boilers and pressure vessels will pay a COI fee to TSSA.
  • TSSA will maintain a database of device-specific periodic inspection information from both insurers and TSSA inspectors.
  • TSSA will implement an audit and attestation program to provide oversight of periodic inspections conducted by insurers.

How Will These Changes Affect You?

The key change affecting the BPV owner/operators in Ontario relates to the authorization of boilers and pressure vessels. Under the current regulation, if the BPV devices are insured, the Machinery Breakdown insurer will issue a COI if they are satisfied that the boiler or pressure vessel can continue to be operated or used safely. After July 1, 2018, the Machinery Breakdown insurers will issue a ROI to the owner or operator. The owner or operator will then need to apply to TSSA to obtain the COI. A fee per object will be charged by TSSA for the new COI.

While the COI fee determination process has not yet been finalized, the process requires that TSSA fees, costs, and other charges be established based on a cost recovery approach, established fee design principles, and fee review processes. TSSA will issue a notice of new COI fee for BPV devices after approval of the TSSA Board and review by the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. We do not yet know when this new COI fee notice will be issued, but TSSA is required to provide a 60 days’ notice prior to the implementation date.

TSSA is on track to implement the regulatory amendments on July 1, 2018. These include new requirements for insurers to submit device inspection information (ROI) to TSSA through an online portal and for TSSA to issue the COI to device owners upon receipt of payment for the COI by device owners.

We will continue to monitor developments with respect to the BPV regulation amendments implementation and will keep our clients informed accordingly, particularly in relation to the notice of new COI fees.

Further 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.