Pressure vessel testing - do I need it?
Regulation 8 of Pressure Systems Safety is a 'Written Scheme of Examination (WSE).
It's a legal requirement that your company has a WSE for presure systems if they fall within the current guidelines.
In short, you must have a WSE in place (you'll need it for insurance purposes) if your pressure system has (and we'll keep this short):
- A rigid pressure vessel.
- A relevant fluid above 0.5 Bar
- Steam at any pressure
- All systems above 250 Bar litres require a WSE
If any of these apply to your operation your WSE should be in place before your sytem is operated.
But there are exclusions. Systems which form part of a weapons system, are the subject of a research experiment, any tyre used on a vehicle, vessels which are part of fire extinguishers, used in navigation or any tool or appliance designed to be held in the hand which is a pressure vessel. Still not sure if there is a legal requirement for your company? See the list of exclusions: Pressure Systems Excepted from all Regulations.