Division of Labor and Industry


Notice to Owners of Antique and Historical Boilers - Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety - Safety Inspections


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FROM: Karl Kraft, Chief Boiler Inspector
TO: Owners and Users of Antique and Historical Boilers
SUBJECT: 2014 Show Season Rules and Responsibilities

For this show season, the Chief Boiler Inspector will issue a Certificate of Inspection to a historical boiler if:

  1. A successful internal inspection was performed by an authorized inspector within the last 12 months, and
  2. A successful hydrostatic examination was witnessed by an authorized inspector within the last 36 months, and
  3. The referenced authorized inspector had a valid National Board commission, and a commission or certificate of competency from the jurisdiction when and where the inspections occurred, and
  4. A successful external inspection is performed by a Maryland Commissioned Boiler Inspector.

The expiration date of the Certificate of Inspection shall be:

  1. on or before 12 months after the most recent internal inspection, and
  2. on or before 36 months after the most recent hydrostatic examination, and
  3. on or before 12 months after the most recent external inspection.

Inaddition, in accordance with an understanding between the Maryland Board of Boiler Rules and industry representatives, associations of owners and users of historical boilers will continue to operate in accordance with the terms of the former pilot program as summarized in the following guidelines:

  1. Prior to a Historical Boiler Event
      1. The Associations should communicate with the Chief Boiler Inspector at least 30 days prior to an event in order to discuss any issues and the inspection schedule.
      2. The Associations should facilitate training opportunities for historical boiler operators on current standards and practices prior to events.
  2. During a Historical Boiler Operation
      1. The Associations should implement the following oversight:
          1. Designate a Safety Officer for each show to oversee the safety of all show participants, visitors, and steam equipment;
          2. Require that the Safety Officer be a recognized representative of the Historical Boiler Association with the authority to start or stop any activity deemed hazardous;
          3. Provide operators with an engine checklist to complete prior to operation of their historical boiler;
          4. Require the Safety Officer to supervise the operation of all historical steam boilers during a show to monitor operators and operations, and immediately before and after the show in the near vicinity;
          5. Provide the Safety Officer with the authority to make recommendations to the Historical Boiler Association regarding prohibition of persons, associations, or historical steam boilers at future events.
          6. Ensure that the steam segment of the show has the following:
              1. adequate water supply;
              2. first aid responders and equipment;
              3. emergency access and egress;
              4. emergency response from community resources; and
              5. movement of visitors to and from, and within and through the show.

Thank you for the cooperation with which this season is getting started. We wish you a fruitful and safe show season.