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Notice to Owners of Antique and Historical Boilers - Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety

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FROM: Karl Kraft, Chief Boiler Inspector
TO: Owners and Users of Antique and Historical Boilers
SUBJECT: 2015 Show Season Rules and Responsibilities

For this show season, the Chief Boiler Inspector will issue a Certificate of Inspection to a historical boiler if, as of the Maryland inspection date:

  1. A successful internal inspection was performed by an authorized inspector within the previous 12 months, and
  2. A successful hydrostatic examination was witnessed by an authorized inspector within the previous 36 months, and
  3. The referenced authorized inspector had a valid National Board commission, and a commission or certificate of competency from the jurisdiction when and where the inspections occurred, and
  4. A successful external inspection is performed by a Maryland Commissioned Boiler Inspector.

The expiration date of the Certificate of Inspection shall be:

  1. on or before 12 months after the most recent internal inspection, and
  2. on or before 36 months after the most recent hydrostatic examination, and
  3. on or before 12 months after the most recent external inspection.

In addition, in accordance with an understanding between the Maryland Board of Boiler Rules and representatives of historical boiler owners and users, associations of owners and users will continue to operate in accordance with the terms of the former pilot program as summarized in the following guidelines

  1. Prior to a Historical Boiler Event
    1. Each association shall communicate with the office of the Chief Boiler Inspector at least 30 days prior to an event in order to discuss any issues and the inspection schedule.
    2. Each association shall facilitate training opportunities for historical boiler operators on current standards and practices prior to events.
  2. During a Historical Boiler Operation
    1. Each association shall implement the following oversight:
      1. Designate a Safety Officer for each show to oversee the safety of all show participants, visitors, and steam equipment;
      2. Require that the Safety Officer be a recognized representative of the association with the authority to start or stop any activity deemed hazardous;
      3. Provide operators with an engine checklist to complete prior to operation of their historical boiler;
      4. Require the Safety Officer to supervise the operation of all historical steam boilers during a show to monitor operators and operations, and immediately before and after the show in the near vicinity;
      5. Provide the Safety Officer with the authority to make recommendations to the association regarding prohibition of persons, associations, or historical steam boilers at the current or future event.
      6. Ensure that the steam segment of the show provides the following:
        1. adequate water supply;
        2. first aid responders and equipment;
        3. emergency access and egress;
        4. emergency response from community resources; and
        5. movement of visitors to and from, and within and through the show.

Thank you for the cooperation with which this season is getting started. We wish you a fruitful and safe show season.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety

1100 N. Eutaw Street - Room 605
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: 410-333-7827

Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2990