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1 Sidney Manning Chief Administrator/Inspector Plumbing & Gas
APEGA Sidney Manning Chief Administrator/Inspector Plumbing & Gas

2 Topics Legislation/ SCA Standata & Variances CSA-B149’s 2010 Concerns

3 Acts & Regulations Safety Codes Act (Chapter S-1) Gas Code Regulation
(AR111/2010) Adopts CSA gas codes with Alberta amendments Permit Regulation (AR204/2007) Administrative Items Regulation (AR16/2011) Exemption Regulation (AR351/2003)

4 CSA publications available January 4, 2010
New Gas Codes –2010 CAN/CSA-B CAN/CSA-B CAN/CSA-B (by reference) CAN/CSA-B CSA publications available January 4, 2010 Adopted September 1, 2010

5 Authority Having Jurisdiction
360 Number of Municipalities in Alberta Accredited Municipalities by discipline Building Electrical Fire Plumbing/Gas Unaccredited Municipalities fall under the jurisdiction of Municipal Affairs, permit services are provided by contracted to “Accredited Agencies”. These numbers are approximate and are intended to represent the significant numbers of AHJ's as identified in the code and regulation that are interested in the application of gas as a fuel. When considering approximately 110 safety codes officers in Alberta with designation of powers and the addition of accredited Corporation's plus accredited agencies means there are as many as 500 different authorities responsible for administering the safety codes act

6 Tank Heater Hose clamps, waterline piping, uncertified fittings, nesting a bushings, unprotected piping(no paint), no hangers, no certified valves, no safeties as required by B149.3, inappropriate use of thermostatic rad valve that is not suitable for this application, identification, inappropriate thread joining practices, manual bypass The only recognizable safety device available in the picture is the flame arrestor. The only component removed in the system for ignition (lighting the appliance) is the flame arrestor.

7 CSA-B 1. Scope This Code does not apply to (b) gas where used as a feedstock in petroleum refineries or chemical plants; (c) utility pipeline distribution and transmission pipelines;

8 CSA B 4.2 Approval of appliances, accessories, components, equipment, and material 4.2.3 The approval of the assembly of construction of an appliance is subject to the authority having jurisdiction. ( CSA B149.3 contains provisions for the assembly and construction of appliances.) In Alberta, only the administrator in the gas discipline has the ability to approve equipment materials and reduction in clearances. This authority is distributed through the recognition of certification bodies, inspection bodies and engineers utilizing the province wide variance Var/Gas This “authority having jurisdiction” cannot be administered by safety codes officers, municipalities, agencies, or Corporation’s that are accredited by the safety codes Council in Alberta.

9 Applicable Legislation
Current legislation does not contain exemptions from the requirements for any structure based on its occupancy, industrial application or specific industry where “gas” is to be used for fuel purposes All Pressures All volumes Regulations within the scope of ABSA may address registration for systems over 15 psi and over 1/2 cubic meter but in all cases exempt all pressures and volumes where gas is to be used for fuel purposes

10 Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment
3(1) No person may manufacture, install, sell or offer for sale any equipment related to gas systems for use in Alberta unless it has been:

11 Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment 3(1)
(a) tested and certified by a Certification Body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, or Certification is applied to a factory-based production system whereby appliances and equipment are evaluated and labeled by a Certification Body under a process audited by the Standards Council of Canada

12 Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment 3(1)
(b) inspected and accepted by a certification/Inspection body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, and the equipment bears evidence of having been accepted in the manner authorized by the certification body (See Standata #G-02-01a-IB) In all cases, field approval of uncertified appliances is site-specific and an appliance cannot be relocated without triggering the requirement to be field approval again.

13 Third Option – Variance
VAR-GAS-01-13 This variance applies to uncertified gas-fired equipment used for process applications in petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants and upstream oil and gas sites only.

14 CAN/CSA-B149.3 Gas Installation work is to be performed by a licensed gasfitter or under the supervision of a licensed gas fitter. New installations and replacements are to be installed to current codes. Engineering or third party approvals are required at; battery treater sites steam generator sites and all other sites where gas is utilized (burned as a fuel), including propane, natural and wellhead (casing) gas Petroleum refineries or Chemical plants The Safety codes act in the permit regulation recognize the individual that is qualified to have a gas permit issued to them is recognized as a gasfitter.

15 Standards Council of Canada
New inspection body program for certification of testing Agencies that may complete: third party inspections, field approvals and labeling of B149,3 applications. Alberta currently recognizes one - IB Inspection Bodies are recognized as equivalent to Certification Bodies in Alberta when it comes to the field approval of uncertified appliances in the gas industry

16 Local authority Gas SCOs monitor for compliance.
Permits addressing the B149.1 and B149.2 Authority ends at the shutoff valve of the appliance where; Evidence of certification is provided Evidence of approval is provided by Independent third-party CB’s/IB’s Engineers utilizing the province wide variance for the oil and gas industry The local AHJ is the safety codes officer certified by the safety codes Council in Alberta and employed by either a municipality, an agency or a corporation to administer the safety codes act as defined within their quality management plans and accreditation. This does not apply to an engineer utilizing a variance

17 Jurisdiction Federal Provincial
Field approval/special inspection/inspection and acceptance Inspectors engineers Provincial Safety codes officer’s Permits Compliance monitoring enforcement

18 CAN/CSA-B149.3 Regulatory Implications
Existing equipment and installations prior to January 1, 2015 require an upgrade to current codes through a self initiated audit. An exception ! Installations considered hazardous in their current form. These would have to be brought up to current code. This date is independent of the oil and gas variance and relates to the expected release of the next version of the B149 series of codes that will start the process towards a new gas code regulation. This incorporates an expectation that the industry has had sufficient time to address existing equipment by ensuring that it either complied with the code of its installation and is considered acceptable because we do not go retroactive with our requirements or in the absence of it being evaluated for compliance to any code or regulation it shall be updated and evaluated against the current gas code regulation. This is a proposed” drop dead date” for the oil and gas industry to complete self auditing processes that address existing infrastructure. Any system found with critical life safety deficiencies after this date will be subject to enforcement under the safety codes act as any noncompliance installation could be.

19 Well-head Gas Utility gas
Whether the supply comes from installations that fall within the regulations of Energy, Utilities or ABSA, the branch the supplies fuel to any installation falls within the scope of the Gas Code Regulation under the Safety Codes Act.

20 Tank Heater

21 Identification, pressure?

22 Wins

23 Losses

24 Report Unsafe Installations

25 Next steps QMP proposals 2015-2020 2015 codes Standard development
Draft Standata May 2014 2015 codes Standard development Tank heater, line Heater, treaters Engines Regulators The local AHJ is the safety codes officer certified by the safety codes Council in Alberta and employed by either a municipality, an agency or a corporation to administer the safety codes act as defined within their quality management plans and accreditation. This does not apply to an engineer utilizing a variance

26 Certified products All installations involving certified appliances shall have a permit issued to a gasfitter that will be inspected by a safety codes officer in the gas discipline prior to beginning work. Appliances shall not be modified outside of the requirements of the certification of the appliance and the installation instructions. The oil and gas province wide variance does not apply to the installation of certified appliances.

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28 Even when everything goes right

29 Questions / Conclusion THANK YOU
Sidney Manning Chief Administrator/Inspector Plumbing & Gas


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