3Acts & Regulations Safety Codes Act (Chapter S-1) Gas Code Regulation (AR111/2010) Adopts CSA gas codes with Alberta amendmentsPermit Regulation (AR204/2007)Administrative Items Regulation (AR16/2011)Exemption Regulation (AR351/2003)
4CSA publications available January 4, 2010 New Gas Codes –2010CAN/CSA-BCAN/CSA-BCAN/CSA-B (by reference)CAN/CSA-BCSA publications available January 4, 2010Adopted September 1, 2010
5Authority Having Jurisdiction 360 Number of Municipalities in AlbertaAccredited Municipalities by disciplineBuilding Electrical Fire Plumbing/GasUnaccredited 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
6Tank HeaterHose 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 bypassThe 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.
7CSA-B1. ScopeThis 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;
8CSA B4.2 Approval of appliances, accessories, components, equipment, and material4.2.3 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.
9Applicable 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 purposesAll PressuresAll volumesRegulations 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
10Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment 3(1) No person may manufacture, install,sell or offer for sale any equipmentrelated to gas systems for use inAlberta unless it has been:
11Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment 3(1) (a) tested and certified by a Certification Body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, orCertification 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
12Gas Code Regulation Gas Systems Equipment 3(1) (b) inspected and accepted by a certification/Inspectionbody accredited by the Standards Councilof Canada, and the equipment bearsevidence of having been accepted in themanner 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.
13Third Option – Variance VAR-GAS-01-13This variance applies to uncertified gas-fired equipment used for process applications in petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants and upstream oil and gas sites only.
14CAN/CSA-B149.3Gas 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 sitessteam generator sites andall other sites where gas is utilized (burned as a fuel), including propane, natural and wellhead (casing) gasPetroleum refineries or Chemical plantsThe 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.
15Standards Council of Canada New inspection body program for certification of testing Agencies that may complete:third party inspections,field approvals andlabeling of B149,3 applications.Alberta currently recognizes one - IBInspection Bodies are recognized as equivalent to Certification Bodies in Alberta when it comes to the field approval of uncertified appliances in the gas industry
16Local authority Gas SCOs monitor for compliance. Permits addressing the B149.1 and B149.2Authority ends at the shutoff valve of the appliance where;Evidence of certification is providedEvidence of approval is provided byIndependent third-party CB’s/IB’sEngineers utilizing the province wide variance for the oil and gas industryThe 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
17Jurisdiction Federal Provincial Field approval/special inspection/inspection and acceptanceInspectorsengineersProvincialSafety codes officer’sPermitsCompliance monitoringenforcement
18CAN/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.
19Well-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.
25Next steps QMP proposals 2015-2020 2015 codes Standard development Draft Standata May 20142015 codesStandard developmentTank heater, line Heater, treatersEnginesRegulatorsThe 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
26Certified productsAll 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.