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Breakfast and Learn for Gas Contractors, Fitters and Administrative Staff

9 October 2014 - 07:00 am - 08:30 am

Coast Kamloops Convention Center
1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops
V1S 1N5
British Columbia
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BCSA Gas Conference 2014 - Navigating Educational Pipelines in the Gas Industry

7 November 2014 - 8:00am - 01:00 pm

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Cascades Casino & Resort
20393 Fraser Highway
Langley
V3A 7N2
BC
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2012 Gasfitter & Contractor Technical Information Seminar

25 September 2012 - 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

There is free parking available at the hotel.

Comfort Hotel, Topaz Room
3020 Blanshard Street
Victoria
V8T 5C7
BC
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Case Study: Lightning damages corrugated stainless steel tubing, starts house fire

A lightning strike in a neighborhood in the interior region sparked a series of events which could have led to dire consequences.

Lightning struck the ground near a natural gas underground distribution line, energizing the tracer wire used by a gas utility to locate underground gas lines. This created an electrical arc that shorted from the tracer wire (serving the individual gas service to the home), to the gas service riser upstream of the gas meter.

This electrical arc caused a hole in a corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). The resulting gas leak and sources of ignition started a fire in the home. Fortunately, the fire occurred in an enclosed joist space that also carried a plastic water line. The water line melted and the water pressure doused the fire.

During the investigation, it was found that the home’s gas lines were not bonded as required by CSA B149-10 Natural gas and Propane installation and Handling Code (CSA B149-10) and the CSST manufacturer’s certified installation instructions.

The installation of CSST requires proper bonding, which means a low impedance path is obtained by permanently joining all non-current-carrying metal parts. This ensures electrical continuity and having the capacity to safely conduct any current likely to be imposed on it. Proper bonding and grounding will reduce the risk of damaged caused by a direct or indirect lightning strike.

Note: Bonding is electrical work and must comply with the Canadian Electrical Code part 1 and must be performed by a licensed electrical contractor.

CSA B149-10 section 4.7.3 indicates the requirements for interior metal piping to be bonded while section 4.1.3 further enforces the requirement for CSST to be installed according to the certified installation instructions.

This incident has resulted in continuing education to many gas fitters regarding the importance of ensuring that gas lines are properly bonded. Although this is a requirement that is usually looked after by a qualified electrician on a new construction, remember that the gas contractor is required by the gas code section 4.7.3 to ensure the bonding is installed. On retrofit work, there may not be a qualified electrician involved in a gas appliance installation.

It is important to note that proof of manufacturers’ training is required prior to installation of CSST. There are a number of different CSST brands. They all have detailed requirements for electrical bonding of their products in the manufacturers’ certified installation instructions.

If you have any questions, contact your local BCSA gas safety officer or call 1-866-566-7233 and we will have a gas safety officer get in touch with you.

Be careful with those 2-piece ball valves!

There have been recent cases in British Columbia where approved 2-piece ball valves have been accidently disassembled during routine work on the piping system causing an incident. Two-piece ball valves incorporate a threaded body in their design but may not have a system to guard against accidental disassembly of the end fitting. This can result in an uncontrolled release of gas (live open gas line). 

Here are some tips when working on a 2-piece ball valve:

  1. Keep the pipe connections to be threaded into these valves clean and free of foreign material or metal shavings.
  2. Use certified polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) pipe tape or quality thread compound as the pipe joint sealant certified for the appropriate gas such as natural gas or propane.
  3. Two wrenches must be used when making up pipe joints to these valve types.  Typically, you apply an appropriate wrench on the valve end closest to the pipe joint being tightened (a smooth jaw wrench preferably) and the other wrench to the pipe to prevent transmitting torque through the valve body joint (be sure to consult your thread depth and torque table). To disassemble, use the reverse principal utilizing the same two wrenches in order to prevent the valve from coming apart.
  4. Always refer to the installation instructions for install and service guidelines specific to the approved ball valve being used.

If you have any questions, contact your local BCSA gas safety officer or call 1-866-566-7233 and we will have a gas safety officer get in touch with you.

What happens after you write a Class B exam for apprentice programs?

After you’ve written your Class B exam, there are a few more requirements needed before a Class B Certificate of Qualification is issued.

Within 12 months after your exam, you must present to BCSA, either of the following:

  1. an Industry Training Authority (ITA) Piping Trades Qualification; or,
  2. a Gasfitter Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Certifications in progress after the exam for 36 months or more where the required information has not been provided will be closed and the client will need to reapply.

This supports the requirements stated in the Gas Safety Regulation which states:

An applicant for a class B certificate of qualification must:

a)      be the holder of an industry training credential in plumbing, steamfitting, refrigeration or sprinkler fitting;

b)      be a trainee in a gas fitting program recognized by a provincial safety manager.

 

If you are unable to submit the above credentials to BCSA within 12 months, please provide BCSA with a letter signed and dated by an active Class A or B gasfitter confirming the following information:

  1. that you have been working as an apprentice alongside the gasfitter providing the letter;
  2. that as an apprentice, you are up to date with the current codes, standards, act and regulations;
  3. and details of your work experience during the applicable years.

For more details, visit gas exams and certificates. If you have any questions, contact your local BCSA gas safety officer or call 1-866-566-7233 and we will have a gas safety officer get in touch with you.