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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)

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

American Petroleum Institute (API)

  • API 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code: Maintenance Inspection, Rating, Repair, and Alteration.
  • API 572, Inspection of Pressure Vessels.
  • API 910, Digest of State Boiler, Pressure Vessel, Piping & Aboveground Storage Tank Rules and Regulations.
  • API 620, Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks.
  • API 941, Steels for Hydrogen Service at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures in Petroleum Refineries and Petrochemical Plants.
  • API 945, Avoiding Environmental Cracking in Amine Units.

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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