What does it mean when asking for an inspection which will meet compliance with CSA B149?
CSA B149 refers to a set of consensus-based standards developed by Canadian Standards Association, a not-for-profit membership-based association which develops standards. CSA began as the Canadian Engineering Standards Association (CESA) in 1919, federally chartered to create standards. When you need a field inspection you may choose an Inspection Body (IB) accredited by Standards Council of Canada or look into doing a special inspection.
CSA B149.2-15— Propane Storage and Handling Code CSA B149.3-15— The Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment
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The Canadian Standards Association developed standards to promote efficient and effective standards in the gas and oil industries. B149.1-10 applies to the installation of:
(a) appliances, equipment, components, and accessories where gas is to be used for fuel purposes; (b) piping and tubing systems extending from the termination of the utility installation or from the distributor's propane tank; (c) vehicle-refuelling appliances and associated equipment meeting the requirements of a general-purpose appliance to fill a natural-gas-fuelled vehicle; and (d) stationary gas engines and turbines.
You need to know your responsibility regarding this code. B149.1 states:
No person may manufacture, install, sell or offer for sale any equipment related to gas systems for use unless it has been: (a) tested and certified by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada,
(b) inspected and accepted by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, and the equipment bears evidence of having been accepted in the manner authorized by the certification organization.
Rarely understood in the industry, the Professional Engineer stamping the drawings is legally responsible not only for the design concept of the appliance but also for its completed, commissioned and working installation at a specific location and in context of a specific process.
Compliance with CSA B149.3 Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment is only a part of provincial safety regulations and by itself does not make the installation legal. However, this is a very important code contributing to safer workplaces and public spaces in our industry.
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