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Boiler Safety Program


DNREC's Boiler Safety Program has the responsibility of overseeing the construction, installation and repair of all boilers and pressure vessels that are installed in the State of Delaware, except those exempted by Title 7, Chapter 74B, located in a "place of public assembly."

A chronology of the Boiler Safety Program:

  • In 1919, the State of Delaware created the Board of Boiler Rules. This unit was given jurisdiction over high pressure and miniature boilers installed after January 1, 1924.
  • Electrically heated pressure vessels were brought under the program's jurisdiction on August 8, 1953.
  • Steam heating, hot water supply or hot water heating boilers came under the program's jurisdiction on May 11, 1954.
  • On June 30, 1974 unfired pressure vessels were added to our jurisdiction.
  • In September 1992, ASME CSD-1 (Controls and Safety Devices-1) was adopted by the division.
  • Brought under the Department of Public Safety, the name was changed to the Division of Boiler Safety in 1972.
  • The Division of Boiler Safety was organizationally moved under the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on July 1, 2003.
  • One year later, July 1, 2004, the Division of Boiler Safety became the Boiler Safety Program under the Division of Air and Waste Management, Waste Management Section, Tanks Management Branch.
  • On August 10, 2010, the Boiler Safety Program came under DNREC's newly-named Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances.

Boiler Safety mission:

To promote public safety through inspections of boilers and pressure vessels, and providing education on the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers and pressure vessels in the State of Delaware.

Contact information: 





   Alex Rittberg

Environmental Program Administrator

(302) 395-2522

John Esch

Chief Deputy Boiler Safety Inspector

(302) 545-7498 (cell)

David Warburton

Senior Deputy Boiler Inspector

(302) 233-1569 (cell)

Randall Rado

Technical Administrative Assistant III

(302) 395-2508

Mailing and shipping address:
DNREC Boiler Safety Program
391 Lukens Drive
New Castle, DE 1972

Telephone: (302) 395-2500
FAX: (302) 395-2555

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.















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