Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration Regulations

The Safety Standards Act applies to everyone who installs, alters, maintains or operates regulated equipment, which includes boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration equipment. All licensed contractors are required to keep up to date with changes in the Act and Regulations.

To understand the joint responsibility for regulation of pipeline systems of unfired pressure vessels between Technical Safety BC and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, refer to the Memorandum of Understanding and Schedule A of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Safety orders are instruments that are issued to prevent or reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to property. Compliance is mandatory and enforceable by Technical Safety BC.

Directives are instruments that clarify or provide new interpretation of a regulation or code. Compliance is mandatory. 

Information bulletins provide helpful information and clarification on existing regulations or code that affect your particular technology.


All licensed contractors need to have access to the codes required by their licence class. The following organizations can provide this information:

CSA International Vancouver
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
National Board Inspection Code
Power Engineering Books Ltd 

Welding regulations

Welders working with power engineer, boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies must also know their employer’s quality control program.