NEW BOILER TEST CODE 
By the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies

The booklet Examination and Testing of Miniature Steam Boilers 2008 edition, originally known as the Blue Book, has been updated by the Model Engineering Liaison Group (MELG) and is now the 2012 edition Boiler Test Code BTC 2012, the Green Book. The MELG consists of appointed members of the Southern Federation, the Northern Association, the Midland Federation and the 7.25 inch Gauge Society together with representatives of the insurance brokers Footman James and Walker Midgley and the Royal & Sun Alliance. Over the past year the original documentation has been reviewed taking in to account comments and observations received from Clubs, Societies and individual members. The documentation has been upgraded to bring the procedures in line with the requirements of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 with the introduction of a Written Scheme of Examination which is applicable to each boiler, or to be more precise, the Pressure System.

The scheme came into operation from the 1st  January 2013. From that date old style boiler certificates may no longer be issued. However a boiler with remaining time on existing certificates may run the course under the old scheme and is only required to be tested under the new scheme once the current certificate expires. The new scheme is to be introduced at the time of the next test, whether it is a hydraulic or steam test, to minimise the time before a Written Scheme of Examination and new style certification is applied.


The Examination and Testing of Miniature Steam Boilers, Boiler Test Code BTC 2012

This is the new Boiler Test Code and will be issued by all of the Organisations that administer the affairs of our hobby. The content has been agreed and approved by the Royal & Sun Alliance, the principal insurer for the hobby. The Boiler Test Code may also be used by Clubs and Societies who do not use the Royal & Sun Alliance to provide insurance but it is recommended that the alternative insurance provider is consulted to check that the Boiler Test Code is acceptable.

The Boiler Test Code forms part of the Written Scheme of Examination and as such is applicable to every single boiler. Under these circumstances it is therefore a requirement that every owner/user of a boiler should hold a copy of the Boiler Test Code.

The Written Scheme of Examination.

The Written Scheme of Examination has been provided in order to comply with the requirements of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and is applicable to every single boiler. The document is to be used in conjunction with the Boiler Test Code BTC 2012 indicated above. The document is provided as a sequentially numbered pad which is to be filled in by the Club or Society boiler inspector. Full Guidance on the Completion of Documentation is printed on the inside cover of the document pad.

The Written Scheme of Examination form is to be filled in only once unless the boiler changes hands or if the boiler has undergone major repairs or the working pressure has been altered.

The Written Scheme of Examination certificate has three copies and is printed on NCR paper (no carbon required). The top copy is to be handed to the owner/user, the second copy is held on file by the boiler inspector and the third copy is to be sent to the Southern Federation Boiler Registrar in order to update the Federation data base as shown below:

Mr. D. Mayall

9, Parsons Close,

Church Crookham,

Fleet,

Hampshire, GU52 6HL


The Examination Certificate of a Pressure System

The Examination Certificate is a combined Hydraulic and Steam Test certificate. The document is provided as a sequentially numbered pad which is to be filled in by the Club or Society boiler inspector. Full Guidance on the Completion of Documentation is printed on the inside cover of the document pad.

The Examination Certificate has two copies and is printed on NCR paper (no carbon required). The top copy is to be handed to the owner/user, the second copy is held on file by the boiler inspector. The boiler may only be used if the owner/user is in possession of a valid Hydraulic and Steam Test  certificate.


The Small Boiler Test Certificate

The Small Boiler Test Certificate combines a Written Scheme of Examination and a Test Certificate applicable to boiler with a pressure -volume product value of less than 3 bar litres. It may be used by Clubs and Societies whose members operate small boilers such as locomotives, stationary engines and marine models on the Club or Society site. The document is provided as a sequentially numbered pad which is to be filled in by the Club or Society boiler inspector. Guidance on the Completion of Documentation is printed on the inside cover of the document pad.

The Examination Certificate has two copies and is printed on NCR paper (no carbon required). The top copy is to be handed to the owner/user, the second copy is held on file by the boiler inspector. The boiler may only be used if the owner/user is in possession of a valid Hydraulic and Steam Test certificate.


Boiler Test Record

This is the small Blue Record card issued previously with the original test certification. It is used to record the various tests and over the ensuing years will form an historic record of the boiler. It is recommended that the card is continued to be used for the new documentation. As before the Boiler Test Record is NOT proof that valid certificates exist and therefore MUST NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF CERTIFICATES when their presentation is required. The Boiler Test Record card, current and expired certificates along with any certificates issued under previous schemes, should be retained and handed over to the new owner/user should the model/boiler change hands.


Tests conducted without the presence of a Witness

Paragraph 3.9 (f) of the Boiler Test Code BTC 2012 indicates that a Club or Society can agree that a boiler inspector be authorised to undertake examinations, hydraulic tests and steam tests without the presence of a witness. The committee of the Southern Federation does not recommend that this concession be introduced but accepts that in certain circumstances it may be appropriate, particularly where Club or Society membership may be spread over a large area. Should an individual Club or Society decide to implement the agreement the boiler inspector(s) shall be formally authorised by the management of the Club or Society and the name(s) shall be registered with the Southern Federation Boiler Inspector Registrar. The appropriate form for registration will be sent with the Affiliation pack. It should be noted that some Clubs and Societies may not accept certificates with only one signature. Therefore it is recommended that, if a member is visiting another Club or Society, the member should contact the club before visiting and clarify the situation.

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