The Steam and Pressure Plants Act and The Power Engineers Act together to establish a safety partnership among those who use, design, construct, install, repair, and inspect pressure equipment. The Office of the Fire Commissioner works with equipment owners, manufacturers, installers, licenced power engineers and pressure welders to ensure that all are meeting their obligation to safety.
All repairs and alterations to boilers and pressure vessels must be reported Inspection and Technical Services using the following form.
There are several Pressure Equipment Programs including:
PRESSURE EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS PROGRAM
Periodic government inspection and certification is the keystone of the province's pressure equipment safety program. Under the Act:
Scope of the Manitoba Steam and Pressure Plants Act
Boilers that develop less than 3 boiler horsepower (126,000 BTU input), those used for heating single family or duplex homes, and unfired pressure vessels under 10 cubic feet volume are exempt from inspection and certification requirements. Factory-assembled refrigeration units that generate less than 100 tons of refrigerating capacity and site-assembled refrigeration units that generate less than 50 tons of refrigerating capacity are exempt, unless the refrigerant is ammonia.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following document provides answers to questions frequently asked by owners, installers, and real estate professions relating to boiler and pressure vessel inspection and certification. These questions include:
In addition, you will find a link to a document explaining the responsibilities of: the equipment owner; equipment installer; equipment/piping designer; manufacturer and repair organization or manufacturer; power engineer; and inspector.
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION PROGRAM (QUALITY CONTROL CERTIFICATION)
A Certificate of Authorization is required to install all boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping systems regardless of size. The following application with all required documents must be submitted to Inspection and Technical Services.
Systems Exceeding 17 cubic feet
DESIGN REGISTRATION PROGRAM Why Register Designs?
The Steam and Pressure Plants Act and Regulation governs the design, fabrication, installation, operation, repair and inspection of pressure equipment in Manitoba. The legislation adopts various codes, standards and specifications as minimum requirements. The minimum requirements described in these codes, standards and specifications, are the rules that Inspection and Technical Services design engineers and field inspectors adhere to and enforce.
Requirements for pressure equipment Design Review are contained within the Canadian Standards Association standards:
(a) B51-Boiler, Pressure Vessel, and Pressure Piping Code;
(b) B52-Mechanical Refrigeration Code.
What Designs Must Be Registered?
The two CSA standards, B51 and B52, contain administrative requirements for registering drawings, specifications and Data Reports with the jurisdictional authority. Manitoba has fully adopted the design registration requirements described by these codes for the following processes:
The Steam and Pressure Plants Act imposes additional requirements for registering:
How to Register Designs in Manitoba
Drawings, specifications and calculations relating to the design of each boiler, pressure vessel, fitting, fired-heater pressure coil, and pressure piping intended for use in Manitoba shall be submitted for registration to the Office of the Fire Commissioner
Once accepted and registered, a Canadian Registration Number for that design will be issued. Any number of pieces of equipment may be made from the registered design, and each shall carry the CRN with the appropriate suffix (.4) to show registration in Manitoba.
Registration Submissions must include:
The following applications and forms are available to register designs in Manitoba:
General Requirements for Design and Fabrication of Pressure Piping Systems
All pressure piping systems for use in Manitoba shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the applicable ANSI/ASME Piping Codes and the Manitoba Labour and Immigration, Steam and Pressure Plants Act.
(A) Piping Systems over 17 cubic feet internal volume
For piping systems exceed 17 cubic feet in aggregate capacity, the information described below must be submitted to the Manitoba Department of Labour, Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba section for review and registration. The district inspector will be notified of the registration upon the issuance of the registration number.
The firm responsible for the installation shall complete and submit, in triplicate, the following information:
Guidelines for Design Registration for Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Pressure Piping and Related Components Made Outside of Manitoba Jurisdiction, Outside of Canada, or Outside of the United States.
For information on required compliance with the ASME code and the CSA-B51 standard, proving equivalency with the ASME code, proving the equivalency of the quality control program, and Fees charged for design reviews, please consult Boiler and Pressure Vessels Safety - Guidelines for Design Registration for Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Pressure Piping and Related Components Made Outside of Manitoba Jurisdiction, Outside of Canada, or Outside of the United States - (pdf).
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR INSPECTOR
Boiler and Pressure Equipment Inspectors generally work in one geographical area. Although inspectors are rotated periodically, you can generally assume that the inspector you saw last year will be the one you see again this year. Click here (pdf) for a list and contact information of an inspector for your area.
Contact the Office of the Fire Commissioner at (204) 945-3373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further information.
STEAM AND PRESSURE PLANT PROGRAMS FEE INFORMATION
Fee for inspection depends on the size and type of your boiler, as follows. The fee you pay is for the work of the inspection. If an inspector must make more than one inspection--if for instance, he or she must re-inspect on work orders--you can expect to be charged the re-inspection fee. There is no additional fee for issuing the certificate after the boiler is confirmed to be in satisfactory condition. For information on Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Unit Inspections, please consult the following document.
Separate fees as assessed for the registration of boiler and pressure vessel designs. For information relating to fess for pressure welder testing, boiler and pressure equipment design registration services, and shop inspections, please consult the document below.
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