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Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Safety Program

In Massachusetts, non-residential boilers and pressure vessels must be registered and inspected. The Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) program provides for these functions.

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State of Emergency Information

Governor Baker has signed an emergency order that extends the expiration date of licenses and certificates of registrations to business and certain professional licenses for individuals (issued by the Department of Fire Services), that expire during the state of emergency. They must have been in good standing on March 18, 2020. The extension is for 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency.

The Department of Fire Services (DFS) has issued guidance for individuals and businesses that goes into more detail.

We continue to process licenses, certificates, and registrations renewals on a daily basis. You should try to renew them on time.

DFS will continue to enforce the Fire Code and state laws during the state of emergency.
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In Massachusetts, non-residential boilers and pressure vessels must be registered and inspected. The Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) program provides for these functions as required by M.G.L Chapter 146. This jurisdiction includes private and public facilities such as:
• power plants
• hospitals
• nursing homes
• schools
The program also administers professional trade licenses and all prerequisite examinations for:
• firemen and engineers (power plant operators)
• boiler and pressure vessel inspectors
• oil burner technicians
BPV district engineering inspectors also investigate boiler or pressure vessel incidents or accidents. They determine the cause, and prosecute violators of the law within their jurisdiction.

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