Ohio House Passes Boiler Legislation
Bill would fix outdated law, help Ohio businesses
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, has passed legislation dealing with Ohio’s boiler law that would allow businesses and individuals to operate low-pressure steam boilers or power boilers, or a stationary steam engine, without the presence of a licensed boiler operator or steam engineer.


The legislation, sponsored by Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), would require the Board of Building Standards, which adopts the boiler code, to adopt rules relating to the design, installation, reporting, operation and safety of automatically operated boilers directly fired with gas, oil, gas-oil or electricity.


“Ohio’s current boiler law is way out of date,” Representative Kristina Roegner said. “It was enacted in 1911, and we are now one of only eight states that has the requirement of a licensed operator. I’m pleased that the House passed this common-sense bill that will help Ohio businesses.”


Businesses currently choose to replace large boilers with smaller, less efficient ones in order to avoid the requirement of having a licensed operator or engineer for boilers with more than 360 square feet of heating surface, or 30 horsepower. The bill would allow for the operation of larger, automatic boilers under certain safety conditions, which the Board of Building Standards would put in place.


House Bill 12 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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