If pressure systems or equipment fails, it can seriously injure or kill people and cause serious damage to property. While designers, manufacturers, suppliers, installers, users and owners  are responsible to make sure pressure systems and equipment are safe for use, employers (and self-employed) must also consider it as part of fulfilling their duty to provide a safe workplace and work equipment.

Employers have a further duty to consult any safety or employee representatives on health and safety matters or the workforce directly if there isn’t one.

Key actions for safety around pressure equipment and installations

  • Provide safe and suitable equipment – plant and systems that are designed, constructed and installed with health and safety in mind.
  • Know the operating conditions, so you can make informed decisions about selection, maintenance and controls.
  • Fit suitable protective devices, regularly check they function properly and are being used correctly.
  • Make sure systems are properly maintained by a competent person.
  • Don’t allow any modifications or repairs that might cause danger.
  • Train users appropriately.
  • Get a written scheme of examination drawn up by a competent person (this is required for most pressure systems and equipment).
  • Get examinations carried out in line with the written scheme by a competent person.
  • Keep records of all maintenance, repairs, servicing, examination and inspections of the equipment/system.

Templates that may help with managing pressure systems

Risk assessments

Example form

Guards and safety devices

Inspection form

Additional resources

Frequently asked questions

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