Mattei is encouraging compressed air users to check they have a written scheme of examination in place. The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 state that users of installed pressure systems must have one in place.
This ¬document contains information about certain items of plant and equipment that form a pressure system, operate under pressure and contain a relevant fluid. A relevant fluid includes compressed air, so the regulations encompass compressed air systems containing a pressure vessel.
“In spite of the legislation being in place for more than 11 years it seems that many compressed air users are unaware of this legal requirement,” comments general manager Andy Jones. “With a fine of up to £20,000 for not having this document, it is in the best interests of those responsible for compressed air to ensure it is arranged. Not only is it a legal requirement to have the document but also to carry out the examination of the system in line with the terms and conditions it sets out, else those responsible will be liable for prosecution. Therefore, once the scheme is drafted and signed off, it needs to be used as a working document to provide guidelines and timescales for the examinations to take place.”
The regulations state that users and owners of pressure systems need to demonstrate knowledge of the safe operating limits, pressure and temperature of their systems and ensure the systems are safe under those conditions.