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Reg. 4 J

Procedure for Recognition of Competent Person


(1) Introduction

(a) this regulation provides the requirements for the uniform qualification, examination, issuance and renewal of Central Boiler Board authorisation to act as a competent person;

(b) candidates meeting these requirements may be qualified to be issued a Central Boilers Board authorisation;

(c) Competent person may be allowed to inspect and certify the boilers under the Boilers Act during manufacture, erection, operation and maintenance throughout India.



(2) Minimum qualifications and experience

(a) must be a graduate in Mechanical or Production or Power Plant or Metallurgical Engineering from a recognised institute;

(b) minimum five years experience singly or cumulatively in the following fields related to boilers:—



(i) Design;

(ii) Manufacture;



(iii) Commissioning;

(iv) Operation and maintenance;

(v) Inspection and certification during manufacture or operation and maintenance;

(vi) High Pressure Welding-Inspection;

(b) Level-II NDT Certificates from Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT) or any other professional body recognised by ISNT in Non Destructive methods of testing in radiography and ultrasonic testing.”.

(3) Central Boilers Board Examination Process



(i) an examination shall be conducted by the Central Boilers Board Examination Standing Committee or an agency or Regional Examination Standing Committees authorised by it, as per the following methods namely:—

(a) written Examination consisting of design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the boiler, Non Destructive Testing Techniques, inspection and certification of boilers during manufacture and use as per Indian Boiler Regulations;

(b) viva-voce on the above (30% weightage shall be given for viva-voce);

(c) the Central Boiler Board will issue a passing grade certificate to the candidate after passing the examination;

(d) candidate shall secure at least 60% marks in written examination as well as viva-voce in order to pass the examination;
(ii) application for appearing in the Central Boiler Board Examination Process shall be made in the format as provided by the Central Boilers Board Examination Standing Committee at such place and time as decided by the Central Boilers Board Examination Standing Committee or an agency or Regional Examination Standing Committees authorised by it.

(4) Central Boilers Board Authorisation Process:



(i) the Competent Person shall perform the work without conflict of interest;



(ii) an applicant for a Central Boiler Board Authorisation shall meet the following requirements, namely:-



(a) the applicant shall be in regular employment of, and exclusively engaged by a Central Boilers Board recognised Inspecting Authority: Provided that for inspection and certification of boilers during use under section 8 of the Boilers Act, 1923, applicant can work independently also without taking employment with the Central Boilers Board recognised Inspecting Authority ;

(b) the applicant shall meet the minimum qualification and experience requirements as referred in sub-regulation 2 of this regulation;

(c) the applicant shall have taken and passed the Central Boilers Board examination as referred to in sub-regulation 3 of this regulation;

(d) the applicant shall apply for an authorisation not later than three years after passing the Central Boilers Board Examination and a person whose authorisation has not been issued within the three year period shall be required to take the Central Boiler Board Examination and receive a passing grade; and

(e) the maximum age for the Competent Person shall be sixty-five years provided the person is medically fit;

(iii) (a) when the applicant has met the eligibility requirements as referred to in clause (ii) of sub-regulation 4 and at the request of the applicant’s employer; a Central Boilers Board authorisation card and a certificate shall be issued: Provided that the request for authorisation card, only for undertaking inspection and certification of boilers during use under section 8 of the Boilers Act, 1923, can also be made by the applicant;

(b) the application for an authorisation shall be on forms obtained from the Central Boilers Board; and

(c) a Competent Person may possess only one valid authorisation card;

(iv) (a) the validity of an authorisation certificate shall be three years from the date of issue or in co-terminus with the validity period of recognition of employing Inspecting Authority (wherever applicable), whichever is earlier;

(b) for undertaking inspection and certification of boilers during manufacture and erection, the Competent Person must be in regular employment of the Central Boiler Board recognised Inspecting Authority failing which the authorisation lapses;

(c) where the Competent Person leaves the employment, Central Boilers Board Authorisation Card shall be surrendered by the Inspecting Authority to the Secretary, Central Boilers Board within a period of seven days from the date of such leave;

(d) the request for renewal shall be made by Competent Person’s employer and the request shall certify that the Competent Person maintained inspection proficiency by performing or supervising inspection activity and that the individual has met the continuing updation requirement as laid down in clause (f) of this sub-regulation: Provided that request for renewal of authorisation, only for undertaking inspection and certification of boilers during use under section 8 of the Boilers Act, 1923, can also be made by the Competent Person, giving details of inspections undertaken in the last three years and confirming that he has met the continuing updation requirement as given in clause (f) of this sub-regulation;

(e) on change of employment, a request for authorisation card shall be made by the Competent Person’s current employer on forms obtained from the Central Boilers Board;

(f) each Central Boilers Board authorised Competent Person, at least once every three years, shall either attend a Central Boilers Board seminar or receive other instruction related to inspections and the instruction may be in any format, e.g., classroom, home study, or web-based; the topics may include any subject of relevance to the inspection process, such as new methods, products, materials, technology or changes to construction or repair codes;

(g) a person whose authorisation has not been renewed for five years or less may, on proper application, have the authorisation reinstated;

(h) the employer or Competent Person, if working independently, as the case may be , shall provide verification of continuing updation as mentioned in clause (f) ; and

(i) a person whose authorisation has not been renewed for more than five years shall be required to take the Central Boilers Board Examination and receive a passing grade;

(v) (a) a Central Boilers Board authorisation may be revoked by the Secretary, Central Boilers Board for falsification of any statement contained in any application however the person may request reconsideration by the Secretary, Central Boilers Board;

(b) when an evaluation reveals that a Central Boilers Board authorised Competent Person has been negligent in his duty or has made false statements on forms used for documentation of his duties, a Central Boilers Board Committee formed for the purpose may examine the evaluation and recommend to the Secretary, Central Boilers Board, a suitable action against such Competent Person. The Secretary, Central Boilers Board shall take the final decision;

(c) if any person is aggrieved by a decision of the Secretary, Central Boilers Board, he may prefer an appeal against such decision within thirty days from the date of the decision, to the Central Boilers Board;

(d) the decision of the Central Boilers Board shall be binding; and

(e) any person aggrieved by,-

(i) an order made or purporated to be made by a Competent Person in the exercise of any power conferred by or under the Act; or

(ii) a refusal of a Competent Person to make any order or to issue any certificate which he is required or enabled by or under the Act to make or issue; May, within thirty days from the date on which such order or refusal is communicated to him, prefer an appeal against the such order or refusal, to the Chief Inspector of Boilers of the State in which the boiler is located;

(vi) fee fixed by the Central Boiler Board Examination Standing Committee shall be paid for each authorisation issued, renewed or reinstated.

(5) Use of Central Boilers Board Authorisation Number

The Central Boilers Board authorisation number shall be recorded on all Indian Boiler Regulations forms used by him and on the items inspected and stamped as a proof of inspection and the authorisation number shall also be entered into the competent person’s diary.

(6) Competent Person’s Diary:

(1) A Competent Person’s Diary shall be maintained for ―

(a) inspection of construction activities; and

(b) in-service inspection including repairs and alterations for each location or site as per the format laid down by the Central Boilers Board;

(ii) the diary shall be bound and numbered and the purpose of the diary shall be to provide a record of the Competent Person’s activity and to support the continuity of inspections;

(ii) the diary shall be bound and numbered and the purpose of the diary shall be to provide a record of the Competent Person’s activity and to support the continuity of inspections;

(ii) the diary shall be bound and numbered and the purpose of the diary shall be to provide a record of the Competent Person’s activity and to support the continuity of inspections;

(iii) the Competent Person’s diary shall be the property of the employer Inspecting Authority, wherever applicable, and must be available at the location or site of the inspection; and

(iv) the diary shall be maintained for a minimum of five years from the date of last entry and it may also be maintained in digitised form with provision for online entries.

(7) A. Duties and responsibilities of Competent Person

(i) On receipt of an application for renewal of certificate for use of a boiler, the Competent Person shall, within fifteen days from the date of such receipt inspect the boiler on a date communicated to the owner in advance;

(ii) Memorandum of Inspection Book shall be obtained from the concerned boiler inspectorate through the inspecting Authority or directly if working independently, for in-service boilers which shall be returned within a period of one week from the date of completion of final inspection ;

(iii)the Competent Person shall discharge the following duties at various stages, namely:—

I. Inspection during manufacture, erection and commissioning:—

(a) work to the satisfaction of the Inspecting Authority for inspection during manufacture, erection and commissioning of boilers as per the provisions contained in the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(b) inspect during manufacture and erection as per the procedure given in Appendix-J of Indian Boiler Regulations;

II. In-service inspections.—

(a) verify whether the stamping or name plate is legible and represents the item described on the inspection documentation;

(b) perform external and internal inspections and witness any required pressure tests;

(c) report the inspection results, including any non conforming conditions, in the manner prescribed to the owner of the boilers;

III. Repairs and alterations under Indian Boiler Regulations:—

(a) verify whether the stamping or name plate is legible and represents the item described on the inspection documentation;

(b) verify that the boiler repairer has the valid certificate under the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(c) monitor the quality control system and verify the system is being implemented to the requirements of the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(d) verify that all material complies with the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(e) verify that all welding procedure specifications, procedure qualification records, and welder and welding operation records conform to the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(f) verify that heat treatments as required under the Indian Boiler Regulations have been performed and properly documented;

(g) verify that non destructive examinations and tests as required under the Indian Boiler Regulations have been performed and properly documented;

(h) witness pressure tests as required under the Indian Boiler Regulations;

(i) verify that information in the Indian Boiler Regulations report forms is correct and that the details have been properly punched;

(j) verify that the stamping is correct.

B. Inspection Fee

Competent Person or Inspecting Authority may charge fee for the inspection subject to the condition that the fee shall not be less than the fee specified by the concerned State.

(8) Inspection requirements Inspection shall be carried out as per regulations 375 to 395G and the relevant certificate as per Indian Boiler Regulations shall be issued as follows, namely:—

(1) for in-service Boilers inspection:

(a) one copy shall be given to the owner of boiler on the day of inspection;

(b) one copy shall be given to Chief Inspector along with the Memorandum of Inspection Book (Form-I);

(c) one copy shall remain in Book.

(d) In case, inspection is not carried out as per the Indian Boiler Regulations, 1950, the Chief Inspector of Boilers shall report the matter to Secretary, Central Boilers Board for appropriate action against the Competent Person which may include cancellation of his authorisation.

(2) for inspection during manufacture:

(a) one copy shall be given to the manufacturer;

(b) one copy shall remain with Inspecting authority.

(3) for inspection during erection:

(a) one copy shall be given to the owner of boiler;

(b) one copy shall be given to Chief Inspector;

(c) one copy shall remain with Inspecting authority.



 
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