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Revealed: Ten key areas to cover when marking pressure equipment

by , 12 December 2013
Do you use pressure equipment? If so, Pressure Equipment Regulations require you to mark your equipment. Here are the ten key areas to cover when marking pressure equipment.

Pressure Equipment Regulations apply to anyone who:

  • Manufactures
  • Imports
  • Supplies
  • Erects
  • Installs, or
  • Uses pressure equipment in South Africa.

The regulations apply not only to the design, manufacture and operation of this equipment, but also to the:

  • Repair
  • Modification
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection and
  • Testing of pressure equipment with a design pressure of 50 kPa (kiloPascals) or more.

In terms of the regulations, you must mark your equipment.

Cover these ten areas when marking your pressure equipment

The Health & Safety Advisor says you must affix every piece of pressure equipment with a data plate in a conspicuous place, containing these ten pieces of relevant information:

  1. Name of manufacturer.
  2. Country of origin.
  3. Year of manufacture.
  4. Manufacturer's serial number.
  5. Reference number, date and edition of the health and safety standard. Every SANS standard has a date, edition and reference number, which you must quote on the plate. This is to display the standard to which the pressure equipment is conforming.
  6. Design pressure (in units of Pascal.)
  7. Design temperature for both minimum and maximum temperatures in degrees Celsius.
  8. Capacity in cubic metres.
  9. Unique mark of an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA). Every AIA has a logo or name, and is applicable on a company-by company basis.
  10. The hazard category in accordance with the requirements of SANS 347.

Pressure Equipment Regulations have been put in place to improve safety standards. This equipment has the potential to cause or contribute to a catastrophic event. Therefore, the cost of noncompliance far exceeds the cost of compliance. So make sure you comply by covering these ten areas when marking your pressure equipment.

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