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Microwatt has expanded our extensive safeguarding expertise to cover Industrial Combustion applications which are considered to be one of the most safety critical applications found in industry. Our Lifecycle Services team is available to provide support whether you are looking for basic product support on Honeywell Industrial & Commercial Combustion equipment, or Management of full Burner Management and Combustion Control installation or retrofit projects. Taking a Lifecycle approach to ensure high-quality delivery, our team can provide a wide range of support services depending on the project needs.

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CSA B149.3 Compliance in Alberta – What’s New?

CSA B149.3 has been a regulatory requirement for many years in Alberta meaning all gas fired process equipment must either be CSA certified or more commonly must be field approved. Industry however has been slow to comply partially due to the vast number of unapproved appliances in the province and the lack of inspectors available to support this.

Inspections must be performed by either a Certification Body or an Inspection Body. A temporary variance has also been put in place that allow a suitably competent professional engineer to approve a fired appliance with a proper documentation package that is signed, stamped and sealed and readily available on site for inspection. This variance will eventually expire and not be renewed removing the ability of professional engineers to approve fired equipment.

Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA) advised industry that compliance enforcement would begin starting January 1, 2015. Due to the large volume of upgrades and subsequent field inspections required to comply with this, AMA decided upon industry request to introduce the LEMS program which for those that chose to participate would allow for an extension on the compliance deadline to January 1, 2020.

Legacy Equipment Management System (LEMS) Program

Requires that all participants submit to AMA an inventory of non-certified or field approved fired equipment to be entered into the program. Each participant must submit a plan towards compliance including risk assessment and prioritization. At the end of each year, each participant must report progress towards compliance. For those parties that failed to enter into the LEMS program, the compliance deadline remains at January 1, 2015. Appliances not approved or in the program are subject to enforcement anytime.

Grandfathering

All appliances previously field approved under a previous version of CSA B149.3 are considered compliant even if the code has changes. Without proof of field approval by an inspector or engineer under the variance, compliance to the latest version of CSA B149.3 is required. Previously approved appliances must also be brought to the current code requirements if modified or relocated.

Why Choose Compliance

Those that fail to comply with the CSA B149.3 code are subject to regulatory enforcement in the form of fines and/or imprisonment with penalties rapidly increasing for repeat offenses.

Employers are legally required to report any incident with an injury or property loss greater than $250. Under Bill C-45 employers are responsible for the wellbeing of their employees and the public. Employers potentially face criminal charges if found to be negligent in their duty of care in the event of an accident.

Compliant systems are generally safer to operate, and use current technologies that are easier to operate and are more available. They provide safe, easy light off and remotely accessible alarm capabilities when shutdown.

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