There’s no denying that safety in the workplace is of utmost importance. Learning and maintaining the safest practices for when you are on the job could save lives. The not-for-profit, self-funded organization, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA),has been dedicated to promoting and enforcing public safety since 1997.
Accountable to the Government of Ontario, they are responsible for providing safety services in key sectors, including:
-Boilers and pressure vessels, and operating engineers
-Elevating devices, amusement devices and ski lifts
Acting as both a regulator and an advocate of safety standards throughout the province, The TSSA is required to enforce the Technical Standards and Safety Act and regulations, as well as promote and enforce actions to continuously improve safety, and educate users and industry participants about safety practices, new codes, regulations and requirements.
During recent work in Hamilton, Ontario, the team at Specialized NDE received a bulletin from the TSSA, outlining the importance of periodic inspection requirements for pressure vessels at pressures greater than 15 psig, such as deaerators and high temperature (212°F and above) hot water storage tanks, in order to prevent steam generation that could potentially cause failure due to corrosion and fatigue cracking.
“Seams and their heat affected zone and all structural attachment welds of vessels shall also be wet-fluorescent-magnetic particle examined for the presence of cracks, pinholes or other defects. Light surface preparation may be necessary to obtain meaningful results from wet-florescent-magnetic particle examination.As a minimum, internal visual examination (IVF) and WFMPE of not less than 20% of the highly stressed weld areas, including the longitudinal weld seams and adjacent heat affected zone are to be performed at the following intervals:
- No cracks shown 3 years
- Cracks have historically shown 2 years
- Cracks have shown in the year previous 1 year”
- TSSA Safety Information Bulletin SB00-18 Rev. 3
As it is the organizations job to review everything from new technology to modifications on existing equipment to ensure they comply with all codes and regulations, we are very pleased with their commitment to safety, and pleased to offer our services, to similar inspections, such as:
DeaeratorsInspections, Pressure Vessel inspections, Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, NDE, NDT, CGSB and much more!
As the prime NDT contractor for Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure clients across the country, Specialized NDE is always staying abreast of the latest in industry standards and certifications. For more information on the many NDT and NDE services we provide, please browse our extensive website or contact us directly!