Pressure systems can be dangerous if they fail because they can injure or kill people and cause serious damage to property if their contents (gas or fluid) are released. They may fail because of poor design, lack of maintenance, unsafe systems of work, operator error and poor repair work.
Pressure systems include boilers and steam heating plant, compressed air systems (fixed and portable), pressure cookers, autoclaves, pipework and hoses, gas cylinders, i.e. systems that contain a fluid under pressure.
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 1996
Transportable Pressure Vessels Regulations 2001
The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 require users to:
- Establish safe operating limits for plant
- Have a written scheme of examination* drawn up by a competent person
- Arrange to have the pressure systems thoroughly examined in accordance with the written scheme of examination
- Ensure operators of pressure systems have adequate instructions and training
- Maintain the pressure system on good condition
- Keep records of examinations and maintenance