Caution: Pressurized air tank bumpers

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Caution: Pressurized air tank bumpers

Postby LOBSTER » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:43 am

Note: This information, or cautionary note, was originally posted by John Noon on our old forum.

Pressurized Truck-Mounted Vessels at a pressure above 103 kPa (15 psi) are subject to the Safety Codes Act and must be constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with the associated pressure equipment regulations under the Act and the codes and standards adopted as part of the regulations.

These requirements also apply to truck-mounted vessels containing air, or another expansible fluid, and to truck-mounted boilers.

It is not only illegal to use pressure equipment that does not meet the requirements of the Safety Codes Act but these vessels can rupture causing death or injury.

Vessels containing air or another expansible fluid at a pressure above 103 kPa (15 psi) come under the Safety Codes Act, unless otherwise exempted by that Act or covered under another Act such as the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act.

Designs for these pressure vessels must comply with the CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code and the designs must also be registered for use.

In accordance with the CSA B51 Code, these pressure vessels must be fabricated in an authorized shop and must be inspected by an Authorized Inspector. As well, the fabrication must be documented on a duly signed Manufacturer's Data Report.

Air tank bumpers come up every year or two so this is just a heads up for those who want to take on the endevour.

The regulations also cover modifications to air compressor tanks (not allowed) by the backyard welder, only certified shops can do the repairs or modifications as stated above.

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