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IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE YOU ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU ALWAYS GOT
THE ALBERTA IN-SERVICE INSPECTOR Roles and Responsibilities Arden Delisle Chief Inspector Al-Pac March 24 th 2014
What is ABSA � � � Alberta Boilers Safety Association The Pressure Equipment Authority for Alberta Administers Alberta's pressure equipment safety programs under the Safety Codes Act, and has the authority to enforce pressure equipment safety as set out in the legislation.
Quick Facts � � � 1882 The Boiler Explosion Act was passed in Britain, and was the basis for Alberta's legislation. 1905 Alberta became a province and the Steam Boilers Act set up the Steam Boilers Branch of the Department of Public Works of Alberta. 1909 The Interprovincial Boiler Conference convened in Regina and established the rules for the construction and inspection of steam boilers for Canada
� � 1933 The first large gas plant was built in the Turner Valley area. 1947 The first major oil refinery was constructed in Alberta. 1985 573 gas plants had been constructed in Alberta since 1933. There were 201 companies in Alberta with registered quality control programs. In the mid-1950 s, there were 5, 780 boilers and 16, 083 pressure vessels in Alberta. By the mid-1980 s, that number had increased to 12, 694 boilers and 49, 644 pressure vessels. 1995 ABSA was delegated responsibility for the administration of all boiler and pressure vessel safety programs in Alberta. Many staff moved from the Alberta Boilers Branch and formed the core of ABSA. Boilers Branch records and programs continued under ABSA
Key Activities � � examining, certifying, and registering Pressure Equipment Inspectors examining, certifying, and registering Power Engineers ensuring that regular inspections of in-service pressure equipment are conducted authorizing and monitoring, through quality management systems, organizations that have been permitted to conduct some of the activities subject to the Regulations
Steam Chief � � Responsible for the overall safe operation of Pressure Equipment at the mill-site Ensures that all pressure equipment is maintained and operated in accordance with the Alberta Safety Codes Act Chief Inspector � � Maintains the Integrity Management System Provides support to the Steam Chief Certifies all pressure equipment as safe for continued service Review’s all pressure equipment repairs and alterations
The In-Service Inspector � � � Certification introduced in 2002 by Directive IB 02 -002 Certification of In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspectors Industry identified a need to provide a system used to certify individuals as in-service inspectors The objective for certification of In-Service Inspectors is to provide competency for persons engaged in certification of pressure equipment in Alberta
What Prompted This Certification � � Alberta has the highest number of Pressure Vessels per capita than anywhere in North America over 500, 000 pressure vessels & boilers registered ABSA did not have the manpower or means to inspect and or certify all of this equipment It was determined that the owner of the pressure equipment be responsible for their equipment thru inspector certification and an approved Integrity Management System The owner must still advise ABSA of all repairs and submit to the Design Survey Group all alterations
Owner Certified Repairs � � Welded repair or replacement of tubes not over 5 inches and their attachments The addition or repair of non-load bearing attachments to pressure retaining parts where heat treatment is not required Weld metal build up of wasted areas in shells, heads and tubes not exceeding 100 sq. inches and not exceeding 25% on nominal wall or 1/2 inch in thickness which ever is less B 31. 1 boiler proper/external piping, drains, vents, valves up to 2 inch nominal pipe size
Inspectors Certification � � � There are two levels of In-Service Inspectors: In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector In- Service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector The certificate holder is only qualified if the work is performed within the scope of an accepted Owner-User Program (Integrity Management System) At least one of these certifications is required to perform the duties of the CHIEF INSPECTOR
Education Bachelors Degree in Engineering: Metallurgical, Mechanical or Welding or an associated degree in a comparable subject, or First Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency. Diploma or certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Material Science technology or Welding Engineering Technology or an associated degree in a comparable subject or Second Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency. High School diploma or GED certificate plus technical training in boiler and pressure vessel inspection (including continuing education, correspondence or code course(s) in the “acceptable pressure equipment experience”) Minimum Experience Required Acceptable Pressure Equipment Experience 2 years Must include a minimum of one year pressure equipment inspection experience. Additional experience may include: - design, manufacture, repair, maintenance, operation, nondestructive examination of pressure equipment 3 years 4 years Must include a minimum of one year pressure equipment inspection experience. Additional experience may include: - design, manufacture, repair, maintenance, operation, nondestructive examination of pressure equipment
Third Party Certification Requirements In-service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector To be eligible for certification, the candidate must meet ONE of the following third party certifications: Permanent Safety Codes Officer (Boiler) Level II, OR National Board In-service Commission, OR Provide evidence of successful challenge of National Board In-service Commission Examination within the previous 5 years. In-service Pressure Vessel Inspector To be eligible for certification, the candidate must meet ONE of the following third party certifications: Permanent Safety Codes Officer (Boiler) Level III, OR API 510 Certification, OR Provide evidence of successful challenge of the API 510 certification examination within the previous 5 years, OR National Board In-service Commission, OR Provide evidence of successful challenge of National Board In-service Commission Examination within the previous 5 years.
Chief Inspectors Duties � � Perform the duties of the person who is responsible for the owner's integrity assessment program (person who meets the qualifications of Chief Inspector) Implementing and managing the Integrity management program Perform installation inspections of new or relocated pressure equipment Supervise in-service pressure equipment inspectors
� � � Perform installation inspections of new or relocated pressure equipment Certify boiler’s, pressure vessels and pressure piping systems that have been constructed, repaired and or altered Approve inspection reports, inspection procedures, and inspection and test plans, as specified in the Integrity management manual Review and monitor process conditions that may adversely affect the safe operation of pressure equipment Manage the Pressure/Safety Relief Valve servicing program
“IN GENERAL” YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU EXPECT; BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU INSPECT!!!!