Pressure systems - easier access to HSE advice and guidance

27 July 2011

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The HSE has brought together in a new 'topic' on its website a set of advice, guidance and information relating to pressure systems. Pressure systems can range from steam-generating commercial coffee machines to large boilers - and many machines incorporate pneumatic or hydraulic systems that operate under pressure. Designers, manufacturers, suppliers, installers, users and owners have duties to fulfil in relation to health and safety of pressure systems, and the new Pressure systems section on the HSE's website aims to provide easier access to relevant information to assist with compliance, with separate sections for manufacturers/suppliers and users. Note that none of the guidance is new, but this is the first time the information about pressure systems has been accessible from a single place.

As well as providing basic information about pressure systems, the site explains the law, with information about the following European Directives and UK Regulations:

  • Pressure Equipment Directive (Directive 97/23/EC) (PED)*
  • Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2001) (PER)
  • The Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (Directive 87/404/EEC) (SPVD)
  • Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 1991 (SPV)
  • Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

* [See also this article about Machine builders and the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC and this announcement about an online guide to the Pressure Equipment Directive - Ed.]

In addition, there are helpful FAQs (frequently asked questions) and access to resources covering legislation, definitions, further information and publications. Both HSE and external publications are listed, with several available to download as PDFs:

Publications from the HSE:

  • Safety of pressure systems. Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000. Approved Code of Practice L122
  • Pressure systems: Safety and you Leaflet INDG261(rev1) 2001
  • Written schemes of examination: Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 Leaflet INDG178(rev1) 2002

Publications from other organisations:

  • Simple pressure vessels. Guidance notes on UK Regulations 1996
  • Pressure equipment. Guidance notes on the UK Regulations 2005
  • Pressure equipment and gas appliances. Pressure Equipment Directive. Guidelines

Follow the link to see the Pressure systems pages on the HSE website.

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