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Home | Does Your Pressure Treatment Equipment comply with the law?

It is becoming a major concern that the treating of timber via the use of unsafe and in some cases illegal Timber Treating Equipment is on the increase. By using uncertified, uncontrolled equipment you could be putting the lives of your workforce at risk.

The design and certification of pressure vessels within the EU is governed by the Pressure Equipment Directive, 97/23/EC (PED). This is enacted in the UK as the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER). In 1997, the EU began to formulise the requirement for pressure bearing equipment entering into and being used in the EU. This directive was fully implemented in 2002. The result is that any pressure bearing equipment must be produced in accordance with the directive and ultimately carry the CE marking.

This directive covers the use of pressure equipment operated throughout the EU and commences at the design phase, through material procurement, fabrication and ending in testing and CE marking.

The PER makes it an offence for a ‘responsible person’ to place on the market, put into service or otherwise supply pressure equipment above specified pressure/volume thresholds unless they:

• demonstrate compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR’s)
• carry out the appropriate conformity assessment procedure
• draw up and issue the Declaration of Conformity or Incorporation
• apply the CE mark
• make sure it is safe

Once this equipment is incorporated into a system involving pumps, tanks, control systems and safety systems it will be defined as ‘an assembly and therefore will also be subjected to the Machinery Directive.

The Machinery Directive came into force in the UK in 1993 through the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992. Therefore from 1st January 1993 the Machinery Directive makes it an offence for a ‘responsible person’ to place on the market, put into service or otherwise supply machinery unless they:

• demonstrate compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR’s)
• carry out the appropriate conformity assessment procedure
• draw up and issue the Declaration of Conformity or Incorporation
• apply the CE mark
• make sure it is safe

As you can see there are a lot of similarities in the ways to conform to the PER and Machinery Directive, so how do you check that your pressure equipment complies?

All of the information required will be within the manufacturers ‘Technical Construction File’, which they must keep by law for a period of 10 years following the date of manufacture. The manufacturer is not obliged to supply you a copy of this, but should have it available if you require any information from it. The Technical Construction File should include the following:

• A general description of the machinery
• Overall drawing of the machinery and drawings of the control circuits
• Full detailed drawings, accompanied by any calculations, test results and certificates required to check the machinery with the EHSR’s
• A list of the EHSR’s, including standard references where applicable
• A copy of the instructions for the machinery
• where appropriate, the Declaration of Incorporation or Conformity

The above apply to both the PER and Machinery Directive, however there are many different categories of assessment within the PER dependant on pressure, type of gas or liquid and temperature. These classifications can be found within the PED document and give a detailed account of the extra requirements for conformance to each particular module. If you are unsure which classification your pressure equipment is in, it would be in your best interests to seek advice from a notified body.

If all of these documents are available and are correct, then your pressure equipment complies. However, if they are incomplete or incorrect then not only is your equipment not necessarily safe but non-compliance could result prosecution and penalties.

 

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