Gas Codes Inspection
In Alberta, under the Safety Codes Act, Gas Code Regulation, all industrial gas-fired appliances and equipment shall be inspected by an Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited Certification Body or Inspection Body. Our staff will be happy to help your organization with services ranging from complete asset compliance management to field approvals, or in-house information presentations.
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RAE Gas Code Inspections (RGCI) is a subsidiary of RAE Engineering and is a SCC accredited Inspection Body (RGCI IBAP Scope of Accreditation), offering field approval inspections of gas-fired appliances and equipment. Field approval inspections are to be compliant to CSA B149.3 and must be completed onsite after installation.
The field approval process for existing and new gas-fire appliances include:
- Documentation Review
Prior to performing site inspections, the documentation of the gas-fired appliance shall be reviewed for compliance to CSA B149.3. Any deficiencies or non-compliant items will be identified to allow the client to address the issues prior to site inspection.
Documentation that shall be reviewed shall include Process and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID), Bill of Materials (BOM), wiring diagram, burner management system specification, operating narrative or other suitable operating instructions, electrical area classification, overpressure protection of the fuel train, commissioning/combustion report, purge calculations, etc.
- Shop Inspection
Shop inspections would provide the client assurance the gas-fired appliance in compliance to CSA B149.3 prior to being shipped to site for installation. Any deficiencies or non-compliant items are detected prior to shipping, allowing the shop to address the issues.
- Site Inspection
After the documentation review is completed, the site inspection can be scheduled and performed. Site inspection will verify the installation as per the documentation provided.
- Reporting and Labeling
Once site inspection is completed and the gas-fired appliance is deemed compliant an Inspection Label (with a unique RGCI Identification number) is affixed to or near the appliance confirming the gas-fired appliance is field approved. The report is completed (include a stamped Inspection Certificate) and provided to the client.It is noted that some gas-fired appliances do not have a proper Rating Plate as required by CSA B149.3. As requested by the client, RGCI can prepare a Rating Plate based on the documentation provided.
Not ready for field approval or know you gas-fired appliances require upgrades. RGCI provides compliance assessments to determine the deficiencies of the gas-fired appliance. Compliance assessments may include a document gap analysis and/or a site gap analysis. It is recommended the both the document gap analysis and a site gap analysis be performed to get a complete assessment of the gas-fired appliance.
- Document Gap Analysis
The documentation of the gas-fired appliance can be reviewed as part of a CSA B149.3 compliance gap analysis. This gap analysis would identify any deficiencies or non-compliant items, giving the client and an indication of what upgrades would need to be considered.Documentation that shall be reviewed shall include Process and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID), Bill of Materials (BOM), wiring diagram, burner management system specification, operating narrative or other suitable operating instructions, electrical area classification, overpressure protection of the fuel train, commissioning/combustion report, purge calculations, etc.
- Site Gap Analysis
Site gap analysis should be completed if there is little to no documentation on the gas-fired appliance.
The site inspection of the gas-fired appliance can be inspected as part of a CSA B149.3 compliance gap analysis. This gap analysis would identify any deficiencies or non-compliant items, giving the client and an indication of what upgrades would need to be considered.As requested by the client, RGCI can assist in preparing the P&IDs and BOM as part of the site gap analysis.