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Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety - Safety Inspection

The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Inspection Unit is responsible to ensure that all boilers and pressure vessels (BPVs) are inspected in accordance with Maryland Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act & Regulations. This responsibility involves ensuring the safe operation, maintenance, repair and alterations of all pressure retaining objects. The Law also requires that any boiler or pressure vessel that will be installed in Maryland be built to American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and be registered with the National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. The Law requires that boilers and pressure vessels be inspected annually or biennially depending on the type of equipment. Boilers shall not be operated without a Valid Certificate of Inspection.

Boilers and pressure vessel installers shall notify the Chief Boiler Inspector at least thirty (30) days prior to installation.

All inspections shall be performed by an inspector commissioned by the National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and by the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry and be employed by an Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA). There are about 20 AIAs active in Maryland. The owner shall contract with Insurer or Non-Insurer AIA. If an object is insured then the Insurer shall inspect.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety

10946 Golden West Drive, Suite 160
Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Fax: 410-333-7827

Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2333