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April 16, 2014 -
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States and municipalities require boiler inspections. While some inspection requirements are becoming stricter, they do not cover the entire boiler system, and managers should consider them to be absolute minimum requirements.
Safe operation requires managers to go well beyond these minimal, legally mandated requirements to establish comprehensive inspection and testing programs. For example, at least once each year, operators should inspect all water-side and fire-side surfaces and remove corrosion, scale, and mud. They also should inspect refractory surfaces.
Annual inspections do more than meet the legal requirements of states and municipalities. They help to detect problems that are developing before they can cause costly damage to the boiler.
In addition to the mandated requirements, managers should ensure operators and technicians complete a number of regular tasks: