RECOMMENDATION FOR A SAFE BOILER ROOM
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Ensure a thorough inspection by a properly qualified inspector, such as one who holds a National Board commission.
- After any extensive repair or new installation of equipment, make sure a qualified boiler inspector re-inspects the entire system.
- Monitor all new equipment closely until safety and efficiency are demonstrated.
- 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.
- Establish a checklist for proper startup and shutdown of boilers and all related equipment according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Observe equipment extensively before allowing an automating operation system to be used with minimal supervision.
- 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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Monday, January 10, 2005 9:45 AM