Substitute House Bill No. 6974

Public Act No. 99-138

An Act Concerning Boiler Inspections.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 29-237 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

All boilers included under this chapter shall be inspected by a state boiler inspector or by a special inspector employed by an insurance company licensed to insure boilers in this state as follows:

[(a)] (1) Power boilers, meaning boilers operating at steam or vapor pressures in excess of fifteen pounds per square inch gauge, except power boilers that operate with internal water treatment under the direct supervision of a qualified engineer, shall be inspected each year. Such boiler inspection shall consist of [(1)] (A) a thorough internal and external inspection while not under pressure and [(2)] (B) an external inspection under operating conditions not more than six months after the internal and external inspection. No more than fourteen months shall elapse between internal inspections and between external inspections while under pressure.

[(b)] (2) Power boilers that operate with internal water treatment under the direct supervision of a qualified engineer shall be inspected every eighteen months. Such boiler inspection shall consist of (A) a thorough internal and external inspection while not under pressure and (B) an external inspection under operating conditions not more than nine months after the internal and external inspection.

(3) Where construction will permit, low pressure steam or vapor heating boilers, hot water heating boilers, hot water supply boilers and hot water heaters shall be inspected externally biennially and internally at the discretion of the boiler inspector. If a boiler inspector decides a hydrostatic test is necessary to determine the safety of a boiler or heater, such test shall be made under the inspector's direction. The Commissioner of Public Safety may order inspections by the Department of Public Safety or the insurance carrier in addition to the regular annual or biennial inspections to clear up any doubts as to the safety of continuing the operation of any boiler or heater included in this chapter, but no additional fee shall be charged or allowed for such additional inspections, unless the owner or user is found to have operated or ordered or permitted the operation of such boiler or heater, intentionally or negligently, in violation of this chapter or the boiler regulations. Each boiler insurance carrier shall forward to the commissioner, within thirty days following each inspection as required by this chapter, a report of such inspection upon appropriate forms as promulgated by the commissioner, who may use the form suggested by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (3) of section 29-238 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(3) An additional fee based on the scale of fees applicable to an internal inspection of the boiler shall be charged in any instance where it is necessary to make a special trip to witness a hydrostatic test. No fee shall be required of the state or any agency of the state. All fees collected by the commissioner under authority of this chapter shall be transferred by [him] the commissioner to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Fund. If the report of inspection by the Department of Public Safety inspector indicates that any boiler meets the requirements of this chapter and the boiler regulations, an operating certificate shall be issued by the commissioner to the owner or user. Such certificate shall state the pressure and other conditions under which such boiler may be lawfully operated. An operating certificate shall be valid for a period of not more than twelve months from the date of internal inspection, in the case of power boilers inspected pursuant to subdivision (1) of section 29-237, as amended by this act, except that the certificate shall be valid for a period of not more than two months beyond the period set by the Commissioner of Public Safety in accordance with section 29-237, as amended by this act. An operating certificate shall be valid for a period of not more than eighteen months from the date of internal inspection in the case of power boilers inspected pursuant to subdivision (2) of section 29-237, as amended by this act. Operating certificates shall be valid for twenty-four months in the case of low pressure steam or vapor heating boilers, hot water heating boilers, hot water supply boilers and hot water heaters approved by a nationally recognized testing agency. If a boiler inspected by a special inspector commissioned by said commissioner is found to conform with the requirements of this chapter and the boiler regulations, an operating certificate shall be issued by said commissioner to the owner or user upon the receipt of the insuring company's report and such owner or user shall be exempt from the inspection fees provided by this section, except that for each certificate so issued the owner or user of the boiler shall pay to said commissioner the sum of twenty dollars. Said commissioner may order reinspection if [he has] reasonable doubt exists regarding any inspection. Such certificate shall state the pressure and other conditions under which such boiler may be lawfully operated and shall be valid not more than the period indicated in this section and shall be renewed each year in the case of power boilers inspected pursuant to subdivision (1) of section 29-237, as amended by this act, every eighteen months in the case of power boilers inspected pursuant to subdivision (2) of section 29-237, as amended by this act, and biennially in the case of hot water heating or hot water supply boilers and hot water heaters. An operating certificate shall be immediately invalid if the boiler is relocated or altered, unless such relocation or alteration has been approved in accordance with this chapter or the boiler code and regulations. No boiler shall be operated unless a valid operating certificate is displayed under glass in a conspicuous place in the room in which such boiler is located. If the boiler is not located within the building, the certificate shall be posted in a location convenient to the boiler inspected. In the case of a portable boiler such certificate shall be kept in a metal container to be fastened to the boiler or kept in a tool box accompanying the boiler.

Approved June 8, 1999

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