Call for Comments – Proposed Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document

Call for Comments – Proposed Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s (TSSA) Fuels Safety Program regulates the safe transport, storage, handling and use of fuels, such as fuel oil and diesel. TSSA’s primary objective is to ensure public safety at installations that use fuel oil, including installations that fuel generators, fire pumps, heating furnaces, water heaters, and boilers. Improper storage and handling of fuel oil can result in potential environmental impact.

Fuel oil installations must comply with Ontario Regulation 213/01, Fuel Oil, which adopts the CSA-B139ON-06, Ontario Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment.  The Fuel Oil Code (“the Code”) contains requirements for equipment installation, operation and environmental remediation.

Major revisions to the current Code last occurred in 2007. Since then, TSSA’s Fuels Safety Program participated in the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) national technical committee which was revising the national code on oil burning equipment.  The CSA national committee is made up of technical and safety experts from throughout the country and the Code was developed through consensus.  The latest edition of the CSA-B139 Series 15 was published this August and is available for purchase on the CSA website.

Typically, national codes developed by authorized standards development organizations, such as the CSA-B139 are adopted under the authority of the TSSA Statutory Director. The proposed TSSA Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document (CAD) adopts the CSA-B139-Series 15 with amendments that incorporate previous Code Adoption Document as well as changes suggested by Ontario technical and safety stakeholders.

The proposed amendments have been developed in consultation with the Fuel Oil Risk Reduction Group (RRG), a technical and safety committee convened by TSSA. The RRG has representatives from a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Canadian Oil Heat Association, the Ontario Petroleum Contractors’ Association, equipment manufacturers, engineering firms, fuel distributors, contractors and installers.

PROPOSED CHANGES

The major changes to the current code include:

  • requirements for indoor fuel supply tanks and recognition of double wall tanks and fire protection systems that recognizes newer tank and fire protection technologies
  • requirements for all steel tanks to be installed with double bottoms, secondary containment, or double wall with a  leak detection system is applied to both indoor and outdoor installations to prevent environmental damage from leaking steel tanks that corrode with age
  • requirements for anti-siphon means to reduce leaks from piping failures
  • new approval requirements for high pressure piping to meet recognized national standards and design submissions to TSSA for confirmation of code compliance
  • requirements for improved tank foundations for residential tanks to prevent tanks from toppling over
  • new approval requirements for more complicated transfer and leak detection systems

To submit comments on the proposed changes to both the TSSA Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document and the CSA-B139-Series 15, please fill out the TSSA Fuels Safety Docket Request Form and email it to fidrizaj@tssa.org before September 1st, 2015.

The proposed Fuel Oil CAD is also available for viewing and comment on the Ontario Government’s Environmental Registry under EBR Registry #012-4543.

3 Comments

  1. Craig Watson
    December 02, 11:26 Reply
    Is there an update to the status of the proposed change? The proposed adoption document indicated the amendment would be effective January 1st, 2016 which does not allow much time for redesign of projects which are either just beginning construction or nearing design completion. Will there be a grandfathering period for work underway?
  2. tssablog
    January 21, 16:22 Reply
    Consultations on the proposed amendment to the Fuel Oil Code went longer than planned when this post was published. We anticipate that the CAD will be issued in the very near future. Please stay tuned!
  3. GUY SAUMURE
    February 08, 14:19 Reply
    I'M A LICENCE TSSA OBT # 1 & GAS G # 2 & PMH . THEN CAN I START USING THE NEW B -139 -2015 CODE BOOK. THANK YOU. P.S. THAT IS THE DATE I CAN START USING IT.

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