Board of Boiler Rules

Here you'll find information regarding the Board of Boiler Rules.

The Board of Boiler Rules is a five-member board that promulgates regulations on boilers and pressure vessels (522 CMR) for Massachusetts. The statutory authority for the board is M.G.L. C. 22 § 10. For information on board activities including: procedures for the adoption, amendment or repeal of regulations; availability of regulations; filing of regulations; and advisory rulings, contact Holly Bartlett, Executive Administrator to the Board, at (978) 567-3782.

Effective October 18, 2019, the most recent changes to 522 CMR were approved and published.  One of the changes made to the regulation is the new requirement to report certain repair and/or alteration activities to the Department as described below:

2.04:  Repairs and Alterations

  1. Welded Repairs and Alterations. All welded repairs and alterations performed to the High Pressure/Power Boiler proper and the High Pressure/Power Boiler External Piping (BEP) shall be done in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 146 § 2 and NBIC Part 3 and shall be performed by an accredited R Certificate Holder. It is the responsibility of the Owner/User or Engineer in Charge to ensure that all repairs and alterations are performed in accordance with 522 CMR 2.00. Signed copies of completed Form R-1 and Form R-2, together with attachments, shall be submitted to the Department, and shall be made available upon request to the Division and Authorized Inspectors of the boiler. Distribution of Form R-1 and Form R-2 and attachments shall be the responsibility of the organization performing the repair.
  2. Mechanical Repairs to Boiler External Piping Systems (BEP). Mechanical repairs to Boiler External Piping may be performed under the supervision of the Engineer in Charge. The Engineer in Charge shall record all work performed on it upon forms to be obtained from the Department. These records shall be kept on file at the location of the boiler, and shall be always accessible to the Division and Authorized Inspectors. Design requirements for mechanical repairs are to meet the original code of construction. Legible signed copies of completed forms together with attachments shall be submitted to the Department within seven days of completion of the repair.

Repairs/alterations performed in accordance with Section 1 above, Welded Repairs and Alterations, must be reported to the Department using Form R-1 Report of Repair within 30 days of the completed repair.

Mechanical repairs performed in accordance with Section 2 above,  Mechanical Repairs to Boiler External Piping Systems (BEP), must be reported to the Department using BPV-022 Boiler External Piping Report of Repair within 7 days of the completed repair.

Please submit these completed forms directly to Chief Kawa at Edward.kawa@mass.gov

 

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