|S.F. No. 2726 - Boilers and Pressure Vessels Provision Modifications|
|Author:||Senator Steve Murphy|
|Prepared by:||Darlene Sliwa, Senate Research (651/296-1890)|
|Date:||February 23, 2010|
This bill updates and consolidates sections of Minnesota law that regulate boiler and pressure vessel
inspections and licensure.
Section 1 [Boats; Masters] modifies the definition of "boat" by adding the specification that it carry more than six passengers for hire and by removing the specification that it is 21 feet or more in length. Exempts boats operating with a current inspection certificate issued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the inspection requirements of the section. Updates statutory references.
Section 2 [Definitions] defines "authorized inspector," "certificate of competency," "certificate of inspection," "certificate of registration," "high pressure boiler," "inspection due date," "insurance company boiler inspector," "low-pressure boiler," "national board," "national board commissioned inspector," "National Board Inspection Code," "operation," "psig," "remote monitoring," "repair," and "state boiler inspector" for purposes of sections of law that regulate boiler inspections and licensure.
Section 3 [Boiler Inspector License] specifies that only boiler inspectors employed by the Department of Labor and Industry ("department") are required to be licensed as a chief grade A engineer and hold a national board commission. Modifies the list of items in which boiler inspectors must not have a property interest.
Section 4 [Historical Boilers] provides that the terms "historical boiler," "show boiler," "steam farm traction engine," and "hobby boiler" are synonymous. Modifies inspection requirements for historical boilers. Requires an attendant to be present at all times when a historical boiler is in operation and open to the public. Modifies historical boiler operator licensing requirements.
Section 5 [Inspection and Registration] modifies inspection, registration, and fee requirements for boilers and pressure vessels.
Section 6 [High Capacity Boilers] provides an optional alternative biennial inspection process for boilers with a steaming capacity of 50,000 pounds per hour or greater and an approved water treatment program. Specifies the requirements for biennial inspection eligibility.
Section 7 [Triennial Audits and Team Leader Certifications] makes a change to clarify that a fee is assessed by the department.
Section 8 [Standards of Inspection] modifies the list of rules and codes that the engineering standards for boilers and pressure vessels for use in this state must be based on.
Section 9 [Inspection Procedures and Standards of Repairs] specifies that the inspection procedures and requirements for the repair of boilers and pressure vessels for use in this state shall be those established by the most current edition of and addenda to the National Board Inspection Code.
Section 10 [Inspection of Boilers and Pressure Vessels] makes clarifying changes. Adds pressure vessels to the list of items that an engineer must point out to an inspector if there are known defects.
Section 11 [License Requirement] clarifies that an individual must be licensed to operate a steam turbine. Modifies the definition of "operation."
Section 12 [Verification of Certificate] requires inspectors to verify the certificate of registration for boilers and pressure vessels to ensure that they are inspected. Provides that boilers and pressure vehicles that are no longer in service shall be removed from the certificate of registration.
Section 13, subdivision 8 (Certificate of competency) requires applicants for a certificate of competency to complete an interview with the chief boiler inspector before issuance of the certificate.
Section 14, subdivision 10 (Late fee) requires the Commissioner to assess a late fee of $100 for invoices not paid in full by their due date. The current late fee is discretionary and up to $100.
Section 15 [Exceptions] adds pressure vessels as specified and hot water heating boilers vented directly to the atmosphere to the list of entities not subject to sections of law that regulate boiler inspections and licensure.
Section 16 [Report of Insurer; Exemption from Inspection] requires an insurance company that insures boilers and pressure vessels in the state to perform inspections and file a report with the Commissioner. Specifies when boiler and pressure vessels are exempt from department inspections. Reduces the time period an insurer has to conduct an in-service inspection before being assessed a fine. Modifies insurance notice requirements.
Section 17, subdivision 3 (Sale violation) removes a "jobber" from the list of entities that may not sell a boiler or pressure vessel that does not meet the minimum construction requirements of the ASME boiler and pressure vessel code and the rules of the department.
Section 18 [Penalty for Operators] prohibits a person from operating a boiler or pressure vessel at a higher pressure than indicated on the original manufacturer's data plate. Requires an owner or lessee of a boat, boiler, steam engine, or other apparatus for generating and supplying steam to take prompt action to correct a condition or circumstance that endangers human life. Provides that any person who violates paragraphs (a) or (b) is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Section 19 [Repealer] repeals statutes as specified (see Appendix to bill for section titles).
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