Gas Safety Regulation amendments and new gas safety codes adopted

25 August 2016

Reference #:  IB-GA-2016-01

Ministerial Order M 297 deposited as B.C. Reg. 209/2016 (attached to this information bulletin) will come into force effective November 1, 2016.  The sections and Schedule to the Gas Safety Regulation that will be amended effective November 1, 2016 are set out in the tables below. The amendments include repeals, substitutions, additions, strikeouts, renumbering and the adoption of new editions of codes.

Work performed under permits taken out from November 1, 2016 onward will require compliance with the new editions of codes adopted under M 297 Appendix 1.  Effective the date of this information bulletin, work performed under permits taken out prior to November 1, 2016 may be assessed to either the previous or new edition of the applicable code(s).

The Ministerial Order also adopts, in Appendix 2 of the order, two codes (i.e., CSA B149.2 Propane Storage and Handling Code and CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems) that will come into force effective November 1, 2017.  Details concerning the adoption and implementation of Appendix 2 codes will be forthcoming in future BC Safety Authority documents.


Sections to the Gas Safety Regulation to be amended as follows:

Gas Safety Regulation Section Number

 

Publisher / Source

 

Text prior to

November 1, 2016 

Amended Text Effective

November 1, 2016 

1 (f)

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

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

(f) is used for the production, handling and utilization of

(i) digester gas in a wastewater treatment plant,

(ii) landfill gas at a landfill site, or

(iii) biogas.

2

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

Not included

Adding the following definition:

"biogas" means a gas produced in a digester at a location other than at a wastewater

treatment plant;, and

2

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

"gas" means any of the following:

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

 "gas" means any of the following:

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

 

28 (8)

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

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.

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.

 

30 (1) (a)

CSA Group

CSA-B149.1-10 Natural gas and propane installation code

CSA-B149.1-15 Natural gas and propane installation code

 

30 (1) (c)

CSA Group

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

CSA-B149.3-15 Code for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment

 

30 (1) (d)

CSA Group

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

 

CSA-B149.5-15 Installation code for propane fuel systems and containers

on motor vehicles

30 (1) (e)

CSA Group

CSA-B109-01 Natural gas for vehicles installation code

 

CSA-B109-14

Natural gas for vehicles installation code

30 (1) (g)

American National Standards Institute/CSA Group

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

 

ANSI/CSA-B149.6-15 Code for digester gas, landfill gas, and biogas generation and utilization

30 (1) (h)

CSA Group

Not Included

CSA-B108-14 Compressed natural gas fuelling stations installation code

 

30 (1) (i)

CSA Group

Not Included

Annex D, "LNG vehicle fuelling stations", to CAN/CSA-Z276-15

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) - Production, storage, and handling

 

 

The Schedule to the Gas Safety Regulation to be amended as follows:

Schedule

Section Number 

 

Text prior to

November 1, 2016 

Amended Text Effective

November 1, 2016 

1

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

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

Paragraph (b) of Clause 4.14.6 of CSA-B149.1-15 Natural gas and propane installation code, is repealed and the following substituted 

2

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

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

The following clause is added after Clause 4.14.7 of CSA-B149.1-15 

2.1

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

 

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

The following clause is added after clause 4.25.10 of CSA-B149.1-15 

 

2.1

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

4.25 Hydronic Heating Appliances and Equipment 

4.26 Hydronic Heating Appliances and Equipment

 

2.1

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

 

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 

3

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

The following clauses are added after Clause 6.15.14 of CSA-B149.1-15 

3

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

 

6.15.18  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 6.15

 

4

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

The following clauses are added after Clause 7.18.7 of CSA-B149.1-15 

 

5

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

The following clause is added after Clause 7.18.10 of CSA-B149.1-15 

 

6

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

Clause 7.25.4 of CSA-B149.1-15 is repealed. 

7

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

The following clauses are added after Clause 7.25.5 of CSA-B149.1-15 

 

7

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

7.24A Gas Appliances Installed in Bedrooms and Bathrooms 

7.25A Gas Appliances Installed in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

 

7

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

7.25A.1 A gas appliance installed in a bathroom with a door shall be of the direct vent type only

 

7

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

 

7.25A.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

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

7.25A.3  A gas appliance installed in a bedroom shall meet all of the following requirements

7

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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.

 

7.25A.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

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

Clause 8.3.6 of  

CSA-B149.1-10 is repealed and the following substituted 

Clause 8.3.6 of  

CSA-B149.1-15 is repealed and the following substituted 

 

9

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

The following clause is added after Clause 8.8.2 of  

CSA-B149.1-15 

 

10

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

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

 

11

Gas Safety Regulation,

B.C. Reg. 103/2004

 

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

 

Section 11 of the Schedule is repealed. 

New editions of codes can be ordered from CSA Group at 1-800-463-6727 or online at Shop CSA - Standards | Training | Subscriptions

Brad Wyatt
Provincial Safety Manager - Gas

References:
Safety Standards Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 39, ss. 8 and 88 (2) (s)
Gas Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 103/2004,
Ministerial Order M 297 deposited as B.C. Reg. 209/2016

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