Importance of jurisdictional inspections
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The importance of jurisdictional inspections

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    Businesses of all types and sizes rely on boilers and pressure vessels in their operations. Whether they are small shops, mid-sized companies, large corporations or a mix of businesses across industries, they all share in common the need for jurisdictional inspections to comply with regulations that help ensure safe operation of this equipment.

    What is a jurisdictional inspection?

    Jurisdictional inspections are conducted in Ontario and Quebec. After a boiler or pressure vessel has been installed and put into service, jurisdictional inspections are required by provincial authorities on a periodic basis to verify that equipment is being operated and maintained in accordance with recognized standards and regulations.

    These inspections may include a visual assessment of conditions including but not limited to materials, operating conditions, leaks, or corrosion and maintenance files, in addition to any other items required by law.

    Examples of jurisdictional bodies include Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)[MSTB1]  and Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ).


    What is a boiler or pressure vessel?

    Boilers are typically either heating or process boilers, meaning they either provide heat or perform a specific process, such as producing steam for a dry cleaner.

    Pressure vessels are essentially storage tanks for liquid or gas under high pressure, usually more than 15 psi. Examples of pressure vessels are water tanks, air tanks, autoclaves (steam sterilizers) and cryogenic liquid storage tanks.   

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has comprehensive and established codes and standards in place that cover all aspects of boilers and pressure vessels including their classification, design and construction. 

    Who is authorized to perform jurisdictional inspections?

    Jurisdictional inspections should be completed by certified inspectors. These inspectors must hold certification from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (National Board) and also have a certifications issued by the jurisdiction.

    HSB takes these inspections seriously because we understand the destructive power of boilers and pressure vessels. HSB provides jurisdictional inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as a built-in benefit of all our Equipment Breakdown coverage programs.

    This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. HSB makes no warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the content herein. Under no circumstances shall HSB or any party involved in creating or delivering this article be liable to you for any loss or damage that results from the use of the information contained herein. Except as otherwise expressly permitted by HSB in writing, no portion of this article may be reproduced, copied, or distributed in any way. This article does not modify or invalidate any of the provisions, exclusions, terms or conditions of the applicable policy and endorsements. For specific terms and conditions, please refer to the applicable insurance form. Posted on 5 April, 2023