Existing Guidance and Legislation

The CEA can assist with and provide advice on all existing guidance and legislation.

We regularly consult and liaise with recognised UK bodies such as Defra, BIS, Carbon Trust, DECC, British Standards and the Health & Safety Executive on all aspects of the industry.

Health and Safety in Biomass Systems

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Guidance for Operating Steam Boilers

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Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers

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Health and Safety in Biomass Systems

This health and safety guide is written for clients, designers and those who operate and maintain commercial or industrial (i.e. non-domestic) biomass systems using wood in the form of pellets or chips.

Those involved in the procurement, design, construction and the ongoing operation (including maintenance) of biomass systems have duties to co-operate and share relevant information required for the development of a safe system. They have a number of legal responsibilities and to comply with these duties, they should possess or have access to good, current knowledge of health and safety legislation and practice, as well as ensuring personnel they employ are competent to carry out the required tasks safely.

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Clients (an organisation or individual who undertakes or instructs design or construction work or has such work carried out for on their behalf) are responsible for providing accurate and relevant information to designers and others involved with all stages of the project. They should ensure they employ persons competent to perform the desired tasks. Where the client is also the owner of the system, they will also be responsible for the health and safety of those who operate and maintain the installation.

Designers, as defined in the Regulations are responsible for the safe design and configuration of all components that make up the biomass system. Designers must identify and eliminate hazards from the design to provide a system that can be operated safely. They should also provide all relevant information along with the system that will allow it to be operated safely including information on any residual risks.

Operators will run, and may maintain the installation on a day-to-day basis and  have a duty to ensure this is conducted without risks to themselves or others. The concepts governing safe design and operation are the same regardless of project size, from the smallest domestic installation, to the largest power station. While, this document focuses on the design and operation of new industrial and commercial installations, the information in this guide will also be relevant for smaller installations as well as the refurbishment or conversion of existing installations.

The content is most relevant to designers, building services designers and those practising as biomass specialists, e.g. for importers of biomass boilers. Those engaged in installing, operating or maintaining biomass systems will also find the content relevant and useful.

Health and safety considerations for biomass systems that are important for clients, operators or those involved in maintenance are summarised at the end of relevant chapters in a yellow box.

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Guidance for Operating Steam Boilers

BG01 is essentially a revamp of the previous PM5 guidance and was drawn up by the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed)
and Combustion Engineering Association

in consultation with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and industry. Although
it’s not compulsory for boiler operations to follow BG01, HSE says that compliance will help to ensure the operators are complying with the latest health and safety law.

“Complying with BG01 is a good way of demonstrating to the regulator and insurers that you’re on top of health and safety
in terms of your boiler procedures and practices,” says Chris Coleman, Training and Development Engineer of Spirax Sarco, and a member of the committee that drew up the new guidance. “There have also been some recommendations that BG01 should be made compulsory in the future.”

The importance of training

A lot of the advice in the new document is the same as the previous PM5 guidance, but the new document has incorporated
the style and approach of SAFed PSG2. This has led to a renewed emphasis on the level of training expected from the managers responsible for ensuring the overall safety of boiler operations, as well as operators with hands-on responsibilities.

The minimum recommendation for operators is that they train to reach Certified Industrial Boiler Operator (CertIBO) status. Similarly, managers should be qualified
with a Diploma in Boilerplant Operation Management (DipBOM). These form part
of the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS), which is recognised
by HSE, the UK Insurance industry and industry members through the Combustion Engineering Association.

Spirax Sarco offers a four-day BOAS- accredited course for boiler operators and managers that provides the necessary qualifications to cover participants for five years, after which a refresher is required.

Properly operated steam boilers provide a safe and efficient way of moving energy around. Complying with the new advice will not only improve the safety of boiler operations but knowing the best ways to operate and maintain a steam system is the key to improving efficiency, boosting productivity and reducing costs. 

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Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers

Foreword by Health & Safety Executive

This document, Guidance for Safe Operation of Boilers (BG01) has been developed and written by Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) and the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) in consultation with other stakeholders within the boiler systems industry to help managers, designers and operators of new and existing boiler systems make health and safety improvements in the boiler systems industry. 

 

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