The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Inspection Unit is
responsible to ensure that all BPVs are inspected in accordance
with Maryland Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act &
Regulations. This responsibility involves ensuring the safe
operation, maintenance, repair and alterations of all pressure
retaining objects. The Law also requires that any Boiler
or Pressure Vessel that will be installed in Maryland be
built to American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and be registered with the
National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
The Law requires that Boilers and Pressure Vessels be inspected
annually or biennially depending on the type of equipment.
Boilers shall not be operated without a Valid Certificate
Boilers and Pressure Vessel Installers shall notify the Chief Boiler
Inspector at least thirty (30) days prior to installation.
All inspections shall be performed by an inspector commissioned
by the National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
and by the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry and be
employed by an Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA). There are
about 20 AIAs active in Maryland (see Quick Links). The owner
shall contract with Insurer or Non-Insurer AIA. If an object
is insured then the Insurer shall inspect.