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Top tips for PSSR compliance

30 October, 2019

BCAS’s training and development officer, Roy Brooks, provides a brief overview of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR 2000) and his top ten tips for ensuring compliance.


The scope of PSSR 2000 covers a range of activities concerning compressed air equipment. All companies that fall under the criteria of the UK Regulations must have various parts of the pressure system inspected and certified, while owners and users must also document repairs and modifications to ensure safety.

New designs for any pressure system must be approved, then constructed and installed safely. Maintenance and training are key parts of PSSR 2000 to ensure systems are “Maintained so as to Prevent Danger” and that all parties involved in operating the systems understand any risks and emergency procedures.

The ten reasons that understanding PSSR 2000 is important

For maintenance managers, health & safety managers, plant managers or owners, ensuring compliance with PSSR 2000 is vital. We’ve listed the top ten reasons that you should ensure a full and accurate understanding of PSSR 2000 below;

1. Understand the risks and consequences of falling foul of the legislation.

2. Understand the need for correct information and marking of pressure equipment.

3. Understand which pressure systems fall under all the regulations and those that don’t.

4. Understand that under regulation 8 of PSSR 2000 it is the owner/user’s responsibility to ensure a written scheme of examination is produced by a competent person.

5. Understand examination/inspection under regulation 9, and who is competent to complete this work.

6. Understand that not all WSE’s available are necessarily comprehensive enough to cover all pressure systems regulations.

7. Understand that a WSE on the pressure vessels alone is not always a satisfactory document.

8. Understand Safe operating Limits (SOL).

9. Understand the importance of maintenance.

10. Understand the need for the keeping of records.

To find out more about BCAS’s PSSR 2000 training module, or to book your course, contact training@bcas.corg.uk




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