Gas and Oil Burning Equipment Safety
There are two broadly based programs under the safety mandate of The Gas and Oil Burner Act:
1. Equipment permitting and inspection
- The Office of the Fire Commissioner is the jurisdictional
authority responsible for issuing permits to install gas
and oil-burning equipment. The permit program ensures
that only those who are properly qualified and licenced
install fuel-fired equipment, and forms the registry of
installations that ensure new and replacement equipment
is properly inspected. Provincial inspectors conduct commission
inspections on high-input commercial/industrial equipment,
and each utility is required to conduct a commission inspection
on all equipment installed. Utilities are further required
to report inspection results back to The Office of the Fire Commissioner.
- Occasionally, there is a requirement to use equipment
that has not been certified by an agency accredited by
the Standards Council of Canada and recognized in Manitoba.
For these cases, the manufacturer or installer may apply
to The Office of the Fire Commissioner for a Special
Acceptance for a Gas Appliance.
A provincial Gas Inspector will inspect the equipment to determine its compliance to provincial codes and guidelines. The Gas Inspector may approve the equipment, order modifications to bring the equipment in line with provincial standards or may prohibit the equipment from use.
2. Gas/Oil Fitter Examination and Licencing
- The Branch administers rules designed to ensure that those who work with gas and oil burning equipment have the proper combination of theoretical education and practical training to perform their duties safely. In consultation with industry, educational facilities and workers, the Branch sets qualification examinations and holds exam sittings throughout the province and licences successful exam candidates.