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March News

Proposed Boilers Special Procedure
Posted: March 13, 2014

PURPOSE: To allow the use of a Boiler or Pressure Vessel that is NOT ASME Code stamped or approved. This procedure will explain in detail, the process for creating/granting a "State Special" Permit.

GENERAL: As defined in Title 41: Fire Protection, Chapter 1, Part 120, Boiler & Pressure Vessel Safety, Subpart A: 120.10, Definitions; STATE SPECIAL: a boiler or pressure vessel that may not be constructed in accordance with the ASME Code.

FEES: As defined in Title 41: Fire Protection, Chapter 1, Part 120, Boiler & Pressure Vessel Safety, Subpart A, Section 120.15: State Special Permits; $1000.00. (each).

For the full document, please click on the link below.

Boilers Special Procedure 031314 [Pdf, 55Kb]

 

ELEVATOR SAFETY REVIEW BOARD MEETING AGENDA REVISED
Posted: March 5, 2014

Thursday March 20, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Suburban North Regional Office Facility
9511 West Harrison Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Room 110 – located on lower level

Click here for the Agenda REVISED [PDF, 92Kb]

 

Notification to Contractors and Dispensing Facility Owners/Operators
Posted: March 3, 2014

Questions have been asked regarding language in our Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities regulations pertaining to the shear valves required under dispensers, as found at 175.450(e)(12):
Shear Valve. Pressurized piping systems require a listed rigidly anchored
emergency shutoff (shear) valve installed in the supply line at the base of
each individual dispenser. The valve shall incorporate a fusible link or other
thermally activated device, designed to close automatically in the event of
severe impact or fire exposure.

The questions were often in reference to the requirement for dispensing facilities found in 175.210, 175.220, 175.230, 175.240 & 175.250 that 'all shear valves (shall be) visually inspected, at least annually to ensure that they are functioning properly and that the dispenser is mounted properly" 175.210(i). Like the Emergency Shutoff Switch annual test in the same section, the annual "visual inspection" can be done by the owner/operator or a contractor so designated to perform the inspection. This Notification serves the purpose of clarifying what criteria to use to "ensure that (the shear valves) are functioning properly." These criteria match what OSFM and Chicago Dept. of Public Health UST inspectors use:

  • All shear valves shall be mounted using a listed rigid anchor.
  • All shear valves shall be mounted securely to the listed rigid anchor.
  • All shear valves shall be mounted at the proper height relative to grade following the shear valve manufacturer's installation instructions.
  • All shear valves shall be maintained in proper working condition.
  • In addition, the dispensers themselves will also be inspected when the shear valves are checked to confirm that each dispenser is properly and securely mounted to its island.


This is not a change to our regulations, just a clarification of what our inspectors use to determine proper shear valve mounting and placement. To further clarify the point about placement relative to grade, as in any equipment installation, manufacturer's specifications must be followed. Most models of shear valves need to be mounted with the shear point within 1" or 1/2" of grade using the top of the dispenser island as the reference for grade. If your approved shear valve has mounting criteria outside of those common parameters, have documentation available from the manufacturer to show the inspector so he knows that the mounting is acceptable. This must be from the manufacturer. A letter from a contractor alone will not suffice.

A form has been added to UST Applications and Forms to assist you in documenting this required annual visual inspection. The completed signed form will stay with the station records for our inspectors to check during an inspection to document and verify that all shear valves have been inspected annually.

February News

BOILER BOARD RULE MEETING Agenda for March 12, 2014
Posted: February 27, 2014

BOARD OF BOILERS RULES MEETING
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
8:30 a.m.

Candlewood Suites (Conference Room)
2501 Sunrise Drive
Springfield, IL 62703

Agenda [PDF, 40Kb]

 

Damaged Boilers from Colorado
Posted: February 26, 2014

From the Illinois Boiler Manager:

Inspectors,

I received this information from the Chief of Colorado. Please be on the look-out for this boiler. (The City of Chicago has also been notified).

"As you may recall, Colorado experienced some heavy rains and subsequent flooding last fall. My inspectors red tagged many boilers due to the flooding; some of those boilers were sold at auction. One of the boilers - photo attached was purchased by a company in Illinois and eventually was shipped back to IL in January 2014.

Sect IV, Parker WT, NB# 47533, yr blt 1997 Colorado Juris # 52139 written on the side.

Wanted to give you a heads up if this boiler should happen to show up in your jurisdiction. The boiler experienced flooding and obviously should refurbished if it is to be placed in service."

Clayton C. Novak
Division Chief
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Division of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Safety

Please click here for a picture of an example.

January News

Elevator Safety Review Board Meeting - March 20, 2014 [Agenda included].
Posted: January 30, 2014

ELEVATOR SAFETY REVIEW BOARD MEETING

Thursday March 20, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Suburban North Regional Office Facility
9511 West Harrison Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Room 110 – located on lower level

Click here for the Agenda [PDF, 92Kb]

 

December News

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November News

BOILER BOARD RULE MEETING Agenda for December 4,2013
Posted: November 12, 2013

AGENDA BOARD OF BOILERS RULES MEETING
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 8:30 a.m
Candlewood Suites (Conference Room)
2501 Sunrise Drive Springfield, IL 62703

Click here for the Agenda [PDF, 42Kb]

ELEVATOR SAFETY REVIEW BOARD MEETING
Posted: November 4, 2013

Meeting date:
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Meeting Location:
Office of the State Fire Marshal
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Auditorium

Click here for the Revised Agenda as of 11/04/2013

October News

Notice to UST Contractors
Posted: October 28, 2013

Since the promulgation of our current UST regulations on September 1, 2010, there has been the requirement for a hydrostatic test on all containment sump installations:

A hydrostatic test will be performed on all containment installations (including all submersible, piping and fill sumps) as follows:

1) All penetrations, including electrical, must be completed prior to testing.
2) Containment is to be filled with water to a height that covers the highest penetration by 2 inches.
3) Minimal backfilling that may be necessary for support of the containment sump is allowed prior to the test.
4) Test duration is 30 minutes and performed under PAI Time and Date Certain requirements with no drop in water level. 175.410(h)(1-4)

Up to this point the requirements have been followed by contractors and checked by OSFM inspectors on containment installations except for spill sumps. The regulation explicitly includes "spill sumps" as seen above. Accordingly, from this point forward, spill sumps will also be hydrostatically tested after installation, replacement or minor maintenance repairs to insure the sumps are liquid tight, as per the regulation copied above.

Updates at our website will be seen on the Applications & Forms page to the following forms:

A permit must be obtained for installation or repair of any containment sump, as per 175.300(f)(11)(B). If work being done on a spill sump falls under like-for-like replacement criteria, a permit is not required but a hydrostatic test is. That will require submission of a "Required Job Schedule for Testing" form, and if indicated, a 'Failed Test Results Report" form. Evidence of spill sump like-for-like replacement without the required test schedule form will be a violation.

 

ELEVATOR SAFETY REVIEW BOARD MEETING
Posted: 10/15/2013

Meeting date:
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Meeting Location:
Office of the State Fire Marshal
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Auditorium

Click here for the Revised Agenda