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Overview of Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA)

Founded in 1995, the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA), the pressure equipment safety authority, is authorized by the Alberta Government for the administration and delivery of safety programs related to boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping systems in Alberta. These safety programs are provided to ensure public safety and include the complete life cycle of boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping systems. The Safety Codes Act allows an ABSA Safety Codes Officer to inspect a boiler or pressure vessel. ABSA is also responsible for the certification of pressure welders, inspectors and power engineers for the operation of a power or heating boiler.

Key activities as stated by ABSA:

ABSA’s key activities include:

  • reviewing, accepting, and registering pressure equipment designs
  • reviewing, accepting, and registering construction procedures that relate to pressure equipment
  • issuing certificate of inspection permits for pressure equipment before the equipment is placed into service
  • ensuring that regular inspections of in-service pressure equipment are conducted
  • keeping records for pressure equipment that has been registered for use, or manufactured, in Alberta
  • examining, certifying, and registering Pressure Welders and Welding Examiners
  • examining, certifying, and registering Power Engineers
  • examining, certifying, and registering Pressure Equipment Inspectors
  • investigating accidents or unsafe conditions that involve pressure equipment
  • authorizing and monitoring, through quality management systems, organizations that have been permitted to conduct some of the activities subject to the Regulations
  • conducting safety education and training.

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