Pressure System Safety Regulations
Thereare some Common misconceptions of the PSSR SI
128 -Pressure System Safety Regulations:
Often you hear owners refer to their need for an insurance inspection. This is a
myth, which, although not propagated by the insurances companies, they make no
effort to dispel. What owners / users actually require is compliance to the PSSR
and a Written Scheme of Examination.
Unless you specifically request your maintenance company to cover the PSSR, it
is unlikely theywill. The maintenance is a separateissue, commonlyoffered by the
equipment supplier, who is not usually set up, or willing, to act as a Competent
Person as defined by the PSSR.
The ultimateresponsibility for the safety of the equipment, and the compliance
to the PSSR, is not with the insurance company or the inspection company. It
rests with the owner / user of the equipment. Commonly though, other people can
be affected such as the designer, manufacture, and Competent Person. Should
something go wrong, the HSE would prosecute the owner / user first.
The PSSR predecessor, the Pressure Systems & Transportable Gas Containers
Regulations, used to define periodicity of inspection. However, the PSSR does
not impose fixed periodicity. They are left entirely to the discretion of the
Competent Person and the owner /user. This allows the Competent Person to take
into account all relevant factors regarding the condition of the equipment and
set an appropriate inspection period.
The PSSR are purely a UK regulation and have nothing to do with Europe. The PED
/ PER apply to the new construction and putting into service of equipment. The
PSSR are concerned with the in-service aspects of the equipment.