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Gas Technical Council Reports to APEGGA



APEGGA Representative
Gas Technical Council

The Gas Technical Council of the Safety Codes Council met four times in 2000 and five times in 2001. Issues dealt with that may be of interest to the APEGGA general membership included the following:

1. The gas discipline of the Safety Services Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs is responsible for the development and interpretation of the gas codes, standards and respective regulations under the Safety Codes Act. Municipal Affairs works in partnership with the Safety Codes Council to develop and provide relevant information to the construction industry. Safety Services and the Safety Codes Council (www.safetycodes.ab.ca) develop Alberta Gas Code STANDATA jointly. Some are issued under the authority of the Code or the Safety Codes Act as provincewide variances or interpretations. Others are information bulletins that provide recalls, safety notices and general advice on related matters. The Safety Services website http://www3.gov.ab.ca/ma/ss provides access to acts, regulations and STANDATA. New STANDATA are added on a regular basis. For clarification, assistance or further information on gas discipline matters contact:

Carey LaRose
Administrator/Chief Inspector
Plumbing and Gas
Edmonton phone: (780) 415-0483; fax (780) 427-8686; e-mail: Carey.Larose@gov.ab.ca

2. Adopted by the province of Alberta effective July 1, 2001, pursuant to the Safety Codes Act, the Gas Code Regulation (AR 67/2001) governs gas equipment and gas systems as per Article 3(1) as follows:

3(1) No person may manufacture, install, sell or offer for sale any equipment related to gas systems for use in Alberta unless it has been

(a) tested and certified by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, or
(b) inspected and accepted by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, and the equipment bears evidence of having been accepted in the manner authorized by the certification organization.

(2) If a code, standard or body of rules declared in force under the Act, with respect to gas systems, refers to approved equipment, that equipment must meet the requirements of this section.

The Safety Codes Act, Revised Statues of Alberta 2000, Chapter S-1 (Effective Jan. 1, 2002) provides the following interpretation of the terms "gas" and "gas system" via Article 1(1) as follows:

1(1) In this Act,

(o) "gas" means any gas or compressed gas or any mixture or dilution of gases and includes any combustible or flammable fluid, but does not include any gas, mixture or dilution of gases or combustible or flammable fluid excluded by the regulations from the definition of gas;

(p) "gas system" means any equipment or installation used or intended to be used in or in conjunction with the processing, transmission, storage, distribution, supply or use of gas, but does not include any thing excluded by the regulations from the definition of gas system;

Furthermore, associated responsibilities of designers, owners, manufacturers, and contractors/installers are presented in Part 1 Responsibilities as follows:

5 The owner of any thing, process or activity to which this Act applies shall ensure that it meets the requirements of this Act, that the thing is maintained as required by the regulations and that when the process or activity is undertaken it is done in a safe manner.

6 A person who creates, alters, has care and control of or owns a design or offers a design for use by others shall ensure that the design complies with this Act and that it is submitted for review or registered if required by this Act, and if the design is deregistered, the person shall provide notice of its deregistration in accordance with the regulations.

7 A person who manufactures any thing or undertakes a process or activity to which this Act applies shall ensure that the thing, the process or the activity complies with this Act.

8 A contractor who undertakes construction, operation or maintenance of or builds or installs any thing to which this Act applies shall ensure that this Act is complied with.

3. The following gas codes, along with the Alberta amendments, have been adopted by the Gas Code Regulation (AR 67/2001):

  • CSA-B149.1-00, Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code
    This new CSA International 2000 series gas code provides the minimum requirements for the installation of natural gas and propane appliances and equipment downstream from the termination of the utility installation (e.g., gas meter) for natural gas or from the distributor's propane tank.
    The new B149.1-00 covers both natural gas and propane installations, amalgamating Parts 1 - 7 from the previous B149.1 M95 and B149.2 M95 gas codes. Where a clause is specific to one fuel the wording identifies it, "For Natural Gas Only", or "For Propane Only".
  • CSA-B149.2-00, Propane Storage and Handling Code
    This new CSA International 2000 series gas code has been revised and provides the requirements for the storage, handling, transportation and transfer of propane.
  • CSA-B149.5-00, Installation Code for Propane Fuel Systems and Tanks on Highway Vehicles

    This new CSA International 2000 series gas code applies to the installation of propane fuel system components and tanks on highway vehicles that have been converted from gasoline to propane.

Both the B149.1-00 and B149.2-00 codes contain Clause 3.2 Approval of Appliances, Accessories, Components, Equipment, and Material, which references the following code:

  • CSA-B149.3-00, Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment

    This code contains the requirements, which include valve train diagrams, for fuel-related components and accessories and their assembly on an appliance utilizing gas, downstream of the manual shut-off valve specified in Clause 5.18.2 of the CSA B149.1-00 gas code.

The new CSA International series 2000 gas codes may be purchased directly from the CSA International office in Edmonton, NAIT, SAIT, the Propane Gas Association of Canada office in Calgary, and some major bookstores. The Gas Code Regulation (AR 67/2001) may be purchased from the Queen's Printer for Alberta; shop on-line at its website, http://www.gov.ab.ca/qp.

4. Ongoing concern has been expressed at GTC meetings with respect to operating and maintenance procedures, especially as related to responsibilities of designers, owners, manufacturers, and contractors/installers as presented in the Safety Codes Act. To illustrate, in order to have a rooftop gas appliance maintained, rooftop access must be provided as per B149.1-00 Clause 3.14.5 but amended for Alberta by the Gas Code Regulation (AR 67/2001) as follows:

(7) Clause 3.14.5 of the Code is struck out and the following is substituted:

3.14.5 An appliance shall not be installed on a roof of a building exceeding 13 ft (4 m) in height from grade to roof elevation unless direct access is provided in accordance with the Alberta Building Code 1997.

When access through a roof assembly is required by the Alberta Building Code 1997 to facilitate the servicing of heating, ventilating, and/or air conditioning equipment, the access is to be provided by an interior stairway, as elaborated upon in a Director's Interpretation STANDATA issued by Building Standards in April 1999 under number 97-DI-012, emphasizing Article and Article

To further illustrate, with respect to access to the high installation of unit heaters, horizontal furnaces, infrared heaters, etc., Clause 3.14 Accessibility of B149.1-00 states the following:

An appliance shall be installed so that it is accessible for servicing.

An appliance installed at a distance of 10 ft (3 m) or more from the floor, as measured from the lowest point of the appliance, shall be provided with either
(a) a permanent accessible service platform that permits access to all parts of the appliance requiring service; or
(b) other approved means of service access.

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