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Pressure system safety - time to get serious

Pressure system safety - time to get serious

Monday 4th July 2011

The Health and Safety at Work Act and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) require that companies using pressure systems, whether compressed air, steam, gas or any combination of these, comply with stringent safety standards.

The method of ensuring compliance requires following a system of control for the design, manufacture and installation of pressure systems, plus the preparation of a Written Scheme of Examination.  This needs to specify items for examination, frequency of examination and detail precisely how the equipment is to be examined.  The onus falls on the company owner or user to fully comply with the PSSR regulations.

All details relating to the scheme are now available from Thorite, via a link from the company's PSSR website page which gives access to 3 HSE brochures that describe the steps involved in preparing an acceptable written examination.  A suitably qualified staff member can be chosen as a 'competent person' as defined by the regulations, to draw up the scheme.  However, this can be an onerous, time-consuming task, as the 'competent person' will usually have little or no experience in preparing documents covering the remit a Scheme of Examination demands.

Any company that would rather not risk the pitfalls of preparing their own scheme can turn to Thorite for expert assistance.  As the UK's biggest compressed air products and process systems distributor Thorite can provide fully competent engineers to carry out all work required in the design, planning and drawing up of the Scheme - and schedule subsequent regular examinations and record keeping.

Helpful Thorite staff are on hand to discuss PSSR requirements at each of Thorite's nine regional branches in Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Leeds, Rochdale, Sheffield and North Shields, and the website can be checked out at  So for the most effective way of approaching PSSR, with the peace of mind that all regulations are being complied with, it makes seriously good sense to call the experts.

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