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TSSA extends deadline for reporting agricultural BPVs in Ontario


October 8, 2021
By Technical Standards and Safety Authority

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In response to stakeholder feedback, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority in Ontario has extended the deadline for reporting existing agricultural boilers and pressure vessels to Nov. 30, 2021.

The regulatory exemption on agricultural BPVs was revoked last year and took effect on July 1, 2021.

Earlier this year, the TSSA announced new requirements for unregistered BPVs and developed a new online reporting portal. 

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Owners and operators must report existing agricultural BPV equipment by either completing the online form, or downloading the form and mailing the completed submission to the TSSA.

“All BPVs, fittings and piping used for agricultural purposes must comply with the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000’s Ontario Regulation 220/01: Boilers and Pressure Vessels and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B51:19 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code,” states the release.

Using the information collected in the form, TSSA will conduct a risk-based assessment and establish a priority list for scheduling an inspection within five years. “Priority for an inspection will be given to agricultural operations with high-risk sites. Sites will receive a notification one month before the inspection date.”

The TSSA has also provided checklists to give agricultural owners and operators some guidance on what inspectors are looking for when assessing agricultural BPV equipment.

FEE STRUCTURE

Below is a breakdown of the fees associated with inspecting BPV devices based on the published fee schedule:

  • Existing Devices (installed before July 1, 2021): First Safety Assessment Inspection – min. $345 + $172 hourly inspection rate. Minimum includes 1 hour of inspection and one flat travel fee. If an inspector goes to a site and finds that your devices are exempt from the regulation under O. Reg. 220/01 s.2, TSSA will not charge for the site inspection.
  • New Devices (installed after July 1, 2021): First inspection – $365 flat fee per new device. Includes inspection and one follow-up.

For more information on TSSA’s BPV regulatory requirements, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions or visit Agricultural Operations – Boilers and Pressure Equipment.

Every owner of a device is responsible for maintaining and operating their pressure equipment safely and immediately reporting to the TSSA any incidents that cause injury, death or property damage.

In case of an incident, call TSSA at 1-877-682-TSSA (8772) and choose option 1 to reach the Spills Action Centre (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

“We will also collaborate with insurers of agricultural BPV equipment to ensure a smooth transition from TSSA’s first inspection to periodic inspections by insurers as applicable.”