Under Alberta’s Safety Codes Act and regulations, “pressure equipment” is defined in a more specific way, based on factors such as its intended purpose, size, and design pressure.
In most cases, failures happen when safety devices do not function when they should. Unfortunately, this can usually be traced back to poor maintenance or inadequate operator training. The message that “all pressure equipment accidents are preventable” is as important as ever.
Part of ABSA’s mandate is to investigate all accidents and unsafe conditions that involve pressure equipment. ABSA also has the authority to shut down boilers or vessels that are deemed immediately hazardous.
For more information, refer to Boiler and Pressure Vessel Permit.
- The propane tank on your barbecue (covered by the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act)
- The hot water heater in your house (if the internal diameter is not greater than 610 mm [24 inches]).
If you have questions about a specific item of pressure equipment, contact your local ABSA office.
The owner of a pressure vessel is responsible for its proper maintenance and safe operation. Should a vessel rupture and cause injury or death, the owner could face civil or criminal penalties.
A Safety Codes Officer has the authority to enforce various aspects of the Safety Codes Act and regulations dealing with pressure equipment. The Officer may conduct inspections, investigate accidents, and order a shutdown of pressure equipment.
For an example of a Safety Codes Officer’s authority, see Accident Reporting.