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Updates to Your Boiler or Water Heater Program

April 28, 2020 Jesse Gonzales and Joanie Arrott

Because of the changes brought about by COVID-19, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has temporarily suspended boiler inspection requirements.  At this time, a boiler certificate that expires between March 13, 2020 and May 31, 2020, will not be penalized for lack of reinspection or certificate renewal before the expiration date. 

TDLR is a state agency responsible or licensing and regulating a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities, and equipment in Texas. Much of the equipment that maintains school buildings is regulated by TDLR and has specific requirements to maintain public safety, including boilers, hot water heaters, and elevators. Specific to boiler equipment, TDLR requires that each piece of equipment have current certificates proving they are safe for operation. Boilers must undergo follow-up inspections and receive new certificates of operation every one, two, or three years, depending on boiler type.

What does this mean for you?

The TASB Risk Management Fund works with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) to provide boiler equipment inspection services for Fund Property Program members at no additional cost and to assist members in maintaining compliant boiler equipment. As a result of the TDLR temporary suspensions, HSB has halted boiler inspections as a preventative measure to ensure the health and safety of their employees at this time. 

We understand that each member is operating differently. HSB will continue to conduct inspections for those members who request them.  If preferred, members can contact HSB directly to schedule an inspection at 800.333.4677 or NSCInsp_Hotline@hsb.com. Otherwise, HSB will not contact each member to schedule any necessary equipment inspections until it is safe to do so. All inspections are confirmed appointment-only with no drop-in work permitted.  HSB inspectors will still require a staff person from the member organization to assist with access, testing, and operation of controls and safety devices.

How the Fund can help

These modifications have been in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus and support our members during this time. Contact your risk solutions consultant for additional information.

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