In-Service (External) Inspection
Preparation for an in-service inspection basically requires that you schedule the inspection for a time when short interruptions of the boiler will not have an adverse impact on the facility’s operations. Facilities with multiple boilers generally do not have as great a concern with this as those with a single boiler. An important part of this preparation is ensuring that qualified operators and maintenance personnel are available to conduct any testing of controls and safety devices, as may be required by your Boiler Inspector. It is also important that all production personnel be notified as appropriate that an inspection is in progress. Once completed, they should be notified that operations have returned to normal.
Preparation for an internal inspection is somewhat more involved since the boiler must be shut down and opened. The following outline provides guidance on preparing your boiler for an internal inspection. Details will, of course, vary depending on the specific jurisdictional requirements and type boiler being inspected. You should consult with your Boiler Inspector to determine any additional preparation required. See Notes 1 and 2.
If a boiler has not been properly prepared for an internal inspection, the boiler inspector may refuse to make the inspection until such time as the boiler has been properly prepared.
If the inspection will include an internal inspection where the Inspector must physically enter the boiler, it will be necessary to employ an appropriate Confined Space Entry Program. This occupational safety regulation applies to all involved persons whether they prepare and clean the boiler for inspection, conduct the inspection itself, or do any repair work. Check your state laws, refer to Federal OSHA (29 CFR 1910.146 & .147), or consult with your Boiler Inspector prior to his/her arrival on site.
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