The Boiler Safety Bureau today inspects new and existing pressure equipment installations for business, institutions, industries, assemblies, educational locations, apartments and other multifamily dwelling locations, recreational sites, public use, and water supplies. We also inspect pressure equipment in hotels, motels, camps, cottages and resort lodges.
The History of the Bureau
North Carolina began regulating boiler inspections in 1935. Since then, the General Assembly has expanded the department's jurisdiction by including heating boilers, hot water storage tanks, and fired and unfired pressure vessels.
Under the Uniform Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act, businesses are required to have equipment that falls under the act inspected to meet safety standards. Companies that fail to meet these requirements are subject to significant penalties.
In 2013, The Boiler Safety Bureau, working with the devoted owners of these historical boilers, adopted the National Boiler Inspection Code for Historical Boilers. This allowed standardized procedures for the inspection and repairs of these boilers.
North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 95 Article 7B states that the Bureau will create and conduct a safety program to provide instruction on how to properly care, maintain, operate, and exhibit historical boilers. The program will also include instruction on how to train an apprentice.