Virginia Works Newsletter
December 2004 - January 2005



  1. Keep the boiler room clean and clear of all unnecessary items. The boiler room should not be considered an all-purpose storage area. The burner requires proper air circulation in order to prevent incomplete fuel combustion and the production of carbon monoxide. The boiler room is for the boiler!
  2. Ensure that all personnel who operate or maintain the boiler room are properly trained on all equipment, controls, safety devices and up-to-date operating procedures.
  3. Before start-up, ensure that the boiler room is free of all potentially dangerous situations, like flammable materials, mechanical or physical damage to the boiler or related equipment. Clear intakes and exhaust vents; check for deterioration and possible leaks.
  4. Ensure a thorough inspection by a properly qualified inspector, such as one who holds a National Board commission.
  5. After any extensive repair or new installation of equipment, make sure a qualified boiler inspector re-inspects the entire system.
  6. Monitor all new equipment closely until safety and efficiency are demonstrated.
  7. Use boiler operating log sheets, maintenance records and manufacturer’s recommendations to establish a preventive maintenance schedule based on operating conditions, past maintenance, repair and replacement that were performed on the equipment.
  8. Establish a checklist for proper startup and shutdown of boilers and all related equipment according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  9. Observe equipment extensively before allowing an automating operation system to be used with minimal supervision.
  10. Establish a periodic preventive maintenance and safety testing program that follows the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Submitted by Fred Barton, Director Boiler Safety Compliance


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