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Safety Standards Act

Gas Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

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SECTIONEFFECTIVE DATE
Section 1 November 1, 2016
Section 2 October 4, 2010
November 1, 2016
April 1, 2020
Section 5 March 8, 2017
Section 7 August 12, 2011
April 1, 2020
Section 11 April 1, 2020
Section 12 April 1, 2020
Section 13 April 1, 2020
Section 14 April 1, 2020
Section 15 April 1, 2020
Section 16 April 1, 2020
Section 17 August 12, 2011
April 1, 2020
Section 18 April 1, 2020
Section 28 November 1, 2016
April 1, 2020
Section 30 August 12, 2011
November 1, 2016
November 1, 2017
April 1, 2020
Section 31 April 1, 2020
Section 32 August 31, 2018
Schedule August 12, 2011
 Schedule Section 1 November 1, 2016
 Schedule Section 2 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 2.1 November 1, 2016
April 1, 2020
Schedule Section 3 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 4 November 1, 2016
April 1, 2020
 Schedule Section 5 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 6 November 1, 2016
 Schedule Section 7 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 8 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 9 November 1, 2016
Schedule Section 10 November 1, 2016
April 1, 2020
 Schedule Section 11 November 1, 2016

 Section 1 definition of "gas system", paragraph (f) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

(f) is used for the production, handling and utilization of digester gas in a wastewater treatment plant or landfill gas at a landfill site.

 Section 2 definition "pipeline" BEFORE amended by BC Reg 290/2010, effective October 4, 2010.

"pipeline" has the meaning in the Pipeline Act;

 Section 2 definition of "Biogas" was added by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

 Section 2 definition of "gas", paragraph (a) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

(a) natural gas, manufactured gas, liquefied petroleum gas, digester gas, landfill gas or a mixture or dilution of any of them;

 Section 2 definition of "container" added by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

 Section 5 (2) BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 45/2017, effective March 8, 2017.

(2) A provincial safety manager may set terms and conditions for the renewal or maintenance of any class of certificate of qualification issued under this Division.

 Section 7 (2), (3) and (4) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 150/2011, effective August 12, 2011.

(2)  A class B gas fitter certificate of qualification entitles the holder to perform the installation or alteration of the following gas systems under an appropriate permit:

(a) fan assisted appliances or natural draft appliances which bear the certification mark of an approved testing agency;

(b) other appliances and vents up to and including 120 kW;

(c) piping and atmospheric vents up to and including 120 kW.

(3)  Despite subsection (2) (b) and (c), a person who holds a valid class B gas fitter certificate of qualification issued before April 1, 2009, is entitled to perform, in addition to the work referred to in subsection (2) (a), the installation or alteration, under an appropriate permit, of

(a) appliances and vents up to and including 220 kW, and

(b) all piping and atmospheric vents.

(4)  Despite subsection (2) (b) and (c), a person who holds a valid class B gas fitter certificate of qualification issued or renewed on or after April 1, 2009, is entitled to perform, in addition to the work referred to in subsection (2) (a), the work referred to in subsection (3) if

(a) the person has the combination of experience and training acceptable to a provincial safety manager to perform that work, and

(b) either the person

(i)  was enrolled in training as a class B gas fitter before April 1, 2009, or

(ii)  held on March 31, 2009, a class B gas fitter certificate of qualification that entitled the person to perform the work referred to in subsection (3).

 Section 7 (1), (3) and (4) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a class B certificate of qualification must

(a) be the holder of an industry training credential in plumbing, steamfitting, refrigeration or sprinkler fitting,

(b) be a trainee in a gas fitting program recognized by a provincial safety manager,

(c) have held a gas utility certificate of qualification for at least 2 years, or

(d) have an equivalent combination of experience and training acceptable to a provincial safety manager and have attained the standing acceptable to a provincial safety manager in a gas fitting course and examination that have been approved by a provincial safety manager.

(3) Despite subsection (2) (a), a person who holds a valid class B gas fitter certificate of qualification issued before April 1, 2009, is entitled to perform, in addition to the work referred to in subsection (2), the installation or alteration, under an appropriate permit, of

(a) a fan assisted appliance or a natural draft appliance, and

(b) an appliance, other than an appliance referred to in paragraph (a), with an input of 220 kW or less,

if the appliance displays a label or mark as follows:

(c) a certification mark;

(d) an approval mark issued under section 10 of the Act.

(4) Despite subsection (2) (a), a person who holds a valid class B gas fitter certificate of qualification issued or renewed on or after April 1, 2009, is entitled to perform, in addition to the work referred to in subsection (2), the work referred to in subsection (3) if

(a) the person has the combination of experience and training acceptable to a provincial safety manager to perform that work, and

(b) either the person

(i) was enrolled in training as a class B gas fitter before April 1, 2009, or

(ii) held on March 31, 2009, a class B gas fitter certificate of qualification that entitled the person to perform the work referred to in subsection (3).

 Section 11 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for an appliance service certificate of qualification must have successfully completed a course in gas appliance service training acceptable to a provincial safety manager.

 Section 12 (1) (a) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(a) be the holder of a piping industry training credential acceptable to a provincial safety manager, or

 Section 13 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a recreation vehicle installation and service certificate of qualification must

(a) provide documented evidence, acceptable to a provincial safety manager, of a minimum of 2 years experience in the installation or repair of recreation vehicle appliances and piping, and

(b) have successfully completed a course in recreation vehicle appliance installation and servicing that is acceptable to a provincial safety manager.

 Section 14 (1) (part) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a liquefied petroleum gas vehicle conversion certificate of qualification must have successfully completed a course in the conversion of vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas that is acceptable to a provincial safety manager and

 Section 14 (1) (a) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(a) be the holder of a 3 year automotive industry training credential or an equivalent 3 year automotive trade certificate, or

 Section 15 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a compressed natural gas vehicle conversion certificate of qualification must

(a) be the holder of a 3 year automotive industry training credential or an equivalent 3 year automotive trade, or

(b) have documented evidence, acceptable to a provincial safety manager, of a minimum of 3 years of automotive tune-up experience, and

(c) have successfully completed a course in the conversion of vehicles to compressed natural gas that is acceptable to a provincial safety manager.

 Section 16 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas vehicle conversion certificate of qualification must have successfully completed a course in the conversion of vehicles to compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas that is acceptable to a provincial safety manager and

(a) be the holder of a 3 year automotive industry training credential or an equivalent 3 year automotive trade certificate, or

(b) provide documented evidence of a minimum of 3 years of automotive tune-up experience.

 Section 17 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 150/2011, effective August 12, 2011.

(1)  An applicant for a gas venting certificate of qualification must be the holder of a sheet metal industry training credential.

 Section 17 (1) (a) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(a) be the holder of an industry training credential in sheet metal, plumbing, steamfitting, refrigeration or sprinkler fitting acceptable to a provincial safety manager, or

 Section 18 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(1) An applicant for a gas utility certificate of qualification must have successfully completed 2 years of training in utility installations satisfactory to a provincial safety manager.

 Section 28 (8) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

(8) An individual must not transfer liquefied petroleum gas from one container to another unless the individual has successfully completed a training course that has been approved by a provincial safety manager and holds a certificate issued following that training course.

 Section 28 (1) (c) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(c) an establishment for filling cylinders or vehicle tanks with gas;

 Section 28 (8) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(8) An individual must not transfer liquefied petroleum gas or liquefied natural gas from one container to another unless the individual has successfully completed a training course that has been approved by a provincial safety manager and holds a certificate issued following that training course.

 Section 30 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 150/2011, effective August 12, 2011.

(1)  In this section, "national code" means the following codes or standards:

(a) the National Standard of Canada CAN/CSA-B149.1-05 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, and supplement no.1 (B149.1S1-07);

(b) the National Standard of Canada CAN/CSA-B149.2-05 Propane Storage and Handling Code, and supplement no.1 (B149.2S1-07);

(c) the National Standard of Canada CAN/CSA-B149.3-05 Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment, and supplement no.1 (B149.3S1-07);

(d) CSA-B109-01 Natural Gas for Vehicles Installation Code;

(e) the National Standards of Canada CAN/CSA-Z662-03, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems;

(f) the National Standard of Canada CAN/CGA-B105-M93 Code for Digester Gas and Landfill Gas Installations;

(g) CSA B214-01 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems.

 Section 30 (1) (a) to (g) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

(a) CSA-B149.1-10 Natural gas and propane installation code;

(b) CSA-B149.2-10 Propane storage and handling code;

(c) CSA-B149.3-10 Code for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment;

(d) CSA-B149.5-10 Installation code for propane fuel systems and tanks on highway vehicles;

(e) CSA-B109-01 Natural Gas for Vehicles Installation Code;

(f) CSA-Z662-07, Oil and gas pipeline systems;

(g) CAN/CGA-B105-M93 (R2007) Code for Digester Gas and Landfill Gas Installations.

 Section 30 (1) (h) and (i) were added by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

 Section 30 (1) (b) and (f) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2017.

(b) CSA-B149.2-10 Propane storage and handling code;

(f) CSA-Z662-07 Oil and gas pipeline systems;

 Section 30 (1) (e) (h) and (i) BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(e) CSA-B109-14 Natural gas for vehicles installation code;

(h) CSA-B108-14 Compressed natural gas fuelling stations installation code;

(i) Annex D, "LNG vehicle fuelling stations", to CAN/CSA-Z276-15 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) — Production, storage, and handling.

 Section 30 (1) (j) and (k) were added by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

 Section 31 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

No installation of gas appliances unless certified or approved

31   (1) An appliance must not be installed in British Columbia unless the appliance displays a label or mark as follows:

(a) a certification mark;

(b) an approval mark issued under section 10 of the Act.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an appliance with a maximum input below 120 kW which is being reinstalled, but no appliance may be reinstalled unless it has been examined and repaired if necessary and certified to be in safe working condition by a gas fitter.

(3) A person must not use a portable heater for temporary heating unless the heater bears a current decal, valid for 2 years, applied by a gas fitter certifying as to its safety and operation.

[am. B.C. Reg. 327/2005, Sch. 3, s. 1.]

 Section 32 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 170/2018, effective August 31, 2018.

Certification agencies

32   An organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada under the Standards Council of Canada Act as an organization engaged in conformity assessment is a certification agency for the purposes of this regulation.

[en. B.C. Reg. 327/2005, Sch. 3, s. 2.]

 Schedule BEFORE amended by BC Reg 150/2011, effective August 12, 2011.

Schedule

[am. B.C. Reg. 475/2004, Sch. 3, s. 4; updated May 2005.]

Variations for B.C. Natural Gas and Propane Code
to the National Code

1 Paragraph (b) of Clause 4.14.6 of CAN/CGA-B149.1-05, the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, is repealed and the following substituted:

(b) the clearance between the appliance and the edge of the roof or other hazard shall be at least 6 feet (2 m), but this clearance may be reduced to 3 feet (1 m) if a permanent guard rail or equivalent protection is provided; and .

2 The following clause is added after Clause 4.14.7 of CSA-B149.1-05:

4.14.8  When it is considered necessary to install an appliance within screening or within a roof well (a depressed area on a roof), the following additional requirements apply:

(a) screening shall have a free opening of not less than 50% of the area of each side;

(b) there shall be no roof, cover or screens over the well enclosure;

(c) each appliance shall be installed with not less than

(i)  36 inches (90 cm) clearance from any side of the appliance, or

(ii)  the clearance required by the manufacturer of the appliance,

whichever is greater;

(d) the walls of a screen or roof well shall

(i)  be no higher than the height of the appliance when it is vented atmospherically, or

(ii)  not exceed an angle of 45° from the top of the screen or roof well to the vent outlet of a power or fan assisted venting system;

(e) when an appliance is installed with screening consisting of 2 solid walls or is installed in a roof well, fresh air shall not be taken from within the enclosure unless a 20 foot (6 m) separation can be maintained between the vent outlet and the fresh air inlet;

(f) an appliance installed outdoors in an area which is subject to an ambient temperature lower than -40° F (-40° C) shall be approved by a recognized testing agency for -60° F (-51.1° C), or be an appliance approved for operation to -40° F (- 40° C) and equipped with a low ambient temperature switch.

3 The following clauses are added after Clause 6.15.14 of CSA-B149.1-05:

6.15.15  A metallic piping system laid underground shall be cathodically protected regardless of pressure. The only exceptions are construction camps (if the system is to be used for a limited time), nonmetallic pipe and copper pipe or tube.

6.15.16  To ensure electrical continuity when a mechanical fitting is used, each fitting shall be bonded over by No. 6TW cable attached to the piping by either

(a) cadwelding, or

(b) brazing.

6.15.17  Cathodically protected underground piping shall be buried not less than 12 inches (300 mm) horizontally from all other underground pipes or conduits, except by special permission.

6.15.18  Where an underground gas pipe crosses another underground pipe or conduit, a minimum clearance of 2 inches (50 mm) shall be provided either above or below the gas line in accordance with the requirements of section 5.15.

6.15.19  All piping in the protected system shall be electrically insulated from all other piping by means of suitable electrical insulating fittings. Anodes shall be magnesium.

4 The following clauses are added after Clause 7.18.7 of CSA-B149.1-05:

(c) The instructions to the lessee by the lessor shall include, but not be restricted to, the following:

(i)  replacement of tanks and cylinders;

(ii)  operation of the construction heater;

(iii)  specific tools to be used;

(iv)  clearances required from combustible materials;

(v)  shutting off the construction heater;

(vi)  checking for leaks;

(vii)  moving the construction heater from location to location.

(d) Maintenance of the construction heater must be performed by the lessor. This work shall include the regulator, hose and fittings.

5 The following clause is added after Clause 7.18.10 of CSA-B149.1-05:

7.18.11  A piping permit is required for the laying of temporary gas piping to connect a construction heater. This work shall be done by a qualified gas fitter.

6 Clause 7.24.4 of CSA-B149.1-05 is repealed.

7 The following clauses are added after Clause 7.24.5 of CSA-B149.1-05:

7.24A  Gas Appliances Installed in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

7.24A.1  A gas appliance installed in a bathroom with a door shall be of the direct vent type only.

7.24A.2  A gas appliance installed in a closet or a small room having access only through a bathroom, bedroom or bed-sitting room shall be of the direct vent type or have combustion and ventilation air supplied to the closet or small room. If any exhaust fan affects the operation of a gas appliance, the gas appliance shall be isolated from the bathroom using a sealed opening or door closer.

7.24A.3  A gas appliance installed in a bedroom shall meet all of the following requirements:

(a) the appliance must be of the automatic temperature controlled type;

(b) the appliance must be equipped with a pressure regulator;

(c) the appliance must have a 100% safety shut-off control valve;

(d) the appliance must be vented and meet the requirements for combustion air specified by section 7.

7.24A.4  A gas appliance (fireplace) installed as a divider between a bedroom and bathroom shall meet all the requirements for an installation in a bedroom. In addition, the gas appliance shall be sealed from the bathroom using material that is impact resistant and thermal shock proof. Clearance to the tub must be maintained to prevent accidental injury from the hot surface of the appliance.

8 Clause 8.3.6 of CSA-B149.1-05 is repealed and the following substituted:

8.3.6  An air supply inlet opening from the outdoors shall

(a) have a minimum vertical distance of 24 inches (600 mm) between the bottom of the intake grill and the finished grade at the point of intake in order to prevent obstruction of the combustion air intake by snow or other material, and

(b) not be taken from a car port.

9 The following clause is added after Clause 8.8.2 of CSA-B149.1-05:

8.8.3  When the air supply is provided by mechanical means from the outdoors for natural draft, partial fan assisted, fan assisted or power draft assisted burners, the air quantity supplied by the fan shall be based on 30 cubic feet (0.85 cubic meters) of outside air for each 1 000 BTU/hour of gas supplied to the burners.

10 The following sections are added after Clause 8.14.12 of CSA-B149.1-05:

8.14A  Direct Vent Fireplace Vents

8.14A.1  A direct vent fireplace terminal location shall not be installed in any area which is not allocated to the occupancy in which the fireplace is installed.

8.14A.2  In a structure with 3 walls and a roof, the terminal shall not be installed

(a) more than 72 inches (183 cm) from the outside opening,

(b) on any wall that has an opening between the terminal and the open side of the structure, or

(c) below 84 inches (218 cm) from a deck, patio or balcony without a certified guard.

8.14A.3  A direct vent fireplace shall not be installed

(a) less than 24 inches below a ceiling or soffit that has perforations (openings) unless the ceiling or soffit is sealed for a distance of 24 inches (61 cm) on either side of the centre line of the vent termination,

(b) less than 6 feet (183 cm) under a window that opens on a horizontal plane, or

(c) directly under a balcony or deck constructed such that there are openings in the deck surface.

 Schedule, section 1 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

1 Paragraph (b) of Clause 4.14.6 of CSA-B149.1-10 Natural gas and propane installation code, is repealed and the following substituted:

 Schedule, section 2 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

2 The following clause is added after Clause 4.14.7 of CSA-B149.1-05:

 Schedule, section 2.1 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

2.1 The following clause is added after Clause 4.24.2 of CSA-B149.1-10:

4.25   Hydronic Heating Appliances and Equipment

4.25.1   All hydronic heating appliances and equipment must be installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, this Code, and clauses 4.5.3.2, 4.5.4, 5.1, 5.3.1, 5.3.2 and 12.4 of the CSA-B214-07 Installation code for hydronic heating systems.

 Schedule, section 2.1, clause 4.26.1 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

4.26.1   All hydronic heating appliances and equipment must be installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, this Code, and clauses 4.5.3.2, 4.5.4, 5.1, 5.3.1, 5.3.2 and 12.4 of the CSA-B214-12 Installation code for hydronic heating systems.

 Schedule, section 3 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

3 The following clauses are added after Clause 6.15.14 of CSA-B149.1-10:

6.15.18   Where an underground gas pipe crosses another underground pipe or conduit, a minimum clearance of 2 inches (50 mm) shall be provided either above or below the gas line in accordance with the requirements of section 5.15.

 Schedule, section 4 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

4 The following clauses are added after Clause 7.18.7 of CSA-B149.1-10:

 Schedule, section 4, clause (c) (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

(i) replacement of tanks and cylinders;

 Schedule, section 5 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

5 The following clause is added after Clause 7.18.10 of CSA-B149.1-10:

 Schedule, section 6, BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

6 Clause 7.24.4 of CSA-B149.1-10 is repealed.

 Schedule, section 7, clauses 7.24A, 7.24A.1, 7.24A.2, 7.24A.3 and 7.24A.4 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

7 The following clauses are added after Clause 7.24.5 of CSA-B149.1-10:

7.24A   Gas Appliances Installed in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

7.24A.1   A gas appliance installed in a bathroom with a door shall be of the direct vent type only.

7.24A.2   A gas appliance installed in a closet or a small room having access only through a bathroom, bedroom or bed-sitting room shall be of the direct vent type or have combustion and ventilation air supplied to the closet or small room. If any exhaust fan affects the operation of a gas appliance, the gas appliance shall be isolated from the bathroom using a sealed opening or door closer.

7.24A.3   A gas appliance installed in a bedroom shall meet all of the following requirements:

(a) the appliance must be of the automatic temperature controlled type;

(b) the appliance must be equipped with a pressure regulator;

(c) the appliance must have a 100% safety shut-off control valve;

(d) the appliance must be vented and meet the requirements for combustion air specified by section 7.

7.24A.4   A gas appliance (fireplace) installed as a divider between a bedroom and bathroom shall meet all the requirements for an installation in a bedroom. In addition, the gas appliance shall be sealed from the bathroom using material that is impact resistant and thermal shock proof. Clearance to the tub must be maintained to prevent accidental injury from the hot surface of the appliance.

 Schedule, section 8 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

8 Clause 8.3.6 of CSA-B149.1-10 is repealed and the following substituted:

 Schedule, section 9 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

9 The following clause is added after Clause 8.8.2 of CSA-B149.1-10:

 Schedule, section 10 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

10 The following sections are added after Clause 8.14.12 of CSA-B149.1-10:

 Schedule, section 10 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 208/2019, effective April 1, 2020.

10 The following sections are added after Clause 8.14.12 of CSA-B149.1-15:

 Schedule, section 11 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 209/2016, effective November 1, 2016.

11 Clause 5.13.4 of CSA-B149.5-10, Installation code for propane fuel systems and tanks on highway vehicles, is repealed.