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State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

This section highlights OSHA standards and national consensus standards related to pressure vessels.

OSHA

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)

  • 1915 Subpart K, Portable, unfired pressure vessels, drums and containers, other than ship's equipment
    • 1915.172, Portable air receivers and other unfired pressure vessels
    • 1915.173, Drums and containers

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

National Consensus

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • 2004 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

American Petroleum Institute (API)

  • 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code: Maintenance Inspection, Rating, Repair, and Alteration. 9th ed. (June 1, 2006).
  • 572, Inspection of Pressure Vessels. (November 2009).
  • 910, Digest of State Boiler, Pressure Vessel, Piping & Aboveground Storage Tank Rules and Regulations. 8th ed. (November 1, 1997).
  • 620, Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks. 11th ed. (February 1, 2008).
  • 941, Steels for Hydrogen Service at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures in Petroleum Refineries and Petrochemical Plants. 6th ed. (February 2004).
  • 945, Avoiding Environmental Cracking in Amine Units. 3rd ed. (2003, June).

State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

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