PSSR Inspections

PSSR Inspections

Pressure Vessel Test & Inspections

Air Receivers, Pressure Vessels, Compressors inspected in line with the Pressure System Regulations 2000.

Does the compressor need Inspecting?

The HSE Executive, or indeed your Insurance provider may have mentioned a “compressor Inspection”; what they actually mean is PSSR Inspection. We can carry this out at your place of work and submit a report (along with a written scheme). These reports are valid for 2 years from the Inspection date.

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) require pressure systems to be inspected in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination.

The regulations apply to owners and users of pressure systems containing a relevant fluid including steam, gases under pressure and any fluid kept artificially under pressure and which becomes a gas when released to the atmosphere.

There is a legal requirement for a thorough examination of pressure vessels and receivers that contain steam, compressed air and refrigerants.

Any pressure vessel containing compressed gas over 250 bar/litre requires inspection – To establish if you need a pressure vessel inspection, multiply operating pressure (in the bar) by the capacity (in Litres) e.g. 10 bar x 50 Litres = 500 bar/litre.

Need more Information?

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) cover the safe design and use of pressure systems. The aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy (pressure) as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.

The revised PSSR ACOP and guidance is aimed at dutyholders under PSSR who are involved with pressure systems used at work. It is for users, owners, competent persons, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers of pressure systems used at work.

Since the last edition, the ACOP and guidance have been updated for clarity. The content has not been radically changed, as it was fit for purpose. The main changes to this publication are as follows:

  • the decision tree on whether PSSR applies has been moved to the front of the book and explanatory notes have been added to it, to help readers decide if PSSR applies to them or not
  • a new Appendix has been added to provide clarity on how to apply PSSR in a proportionate manner to small pressure vessels in schools
  • the section on the legal background to PSSR and related legislation has been removed as it was out of date

The Regulations themselves have not changed at all, so duty holders’ responsibilities remain unchanged.