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Does your company manufacture pressure equipment? Here are your five duties...

by , 13 September 2013
While Pressure Equipment Regulations (PERs) came into effect in October 2009 to replace the old Vessels Under Pressure Regulations of 1996, some companies are still unclear about their duties. If your company manufactures pressure equipment, here are the five rules you need to comply with.

The Health&Safety Advisor defines pressure equipment is defined as a steam generator, pressure vessel, piping, pressure accessory and safety accessory, transportable gas container and a fire extinguisher. This also includes an accumulator, a hot-water geyser and hyperbaric chambers.

Pressure Equipment Regulations are aimed at improving the safety standards. That's because this equipment has the potential to cause or contribute to a catastrophic event. As a result, the cost of noncompliance far exceeds the cost of compliance.

Make sure you comply with the five duties of manufacturers of pressure equipment

If you're a manufacturer you must ensure that:

Duty#1: All equipment is conformity-assessed according to SANS 347. This standard specification, published by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), categorises steam generators, pressure vessels, piping and transportable pressure containers and vessels.

The categorisation is based on:

  • The hazardous nature of their contents. Different hazards require different approaches, like taking the nature of the hazard into consideration.
  • The design pressure (the pressure they're designed to withstand)
  • The volume of equipment
  • The diameter of piping.

Duty#2: Under normal working conditions, the equipment must be safe and without risk to any person's health and wellbeing.

Duty#3: You supply a certificate of manufacture to all buyers with a verification signature by an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA).

Duty#4: If a customer discovers a hidden defect in any of your machinery, for example, if there's a rupture or a failure of any item you've sold, you must inform the chief inspector of the Department of Labour of the defect in writing.

You must also include information about the measures you're taking to correct the defect.

Duty#5: When selling equipment, you must give the client specific instructions and safety information as to the mounting, installation and assembly of the equipment.

You must also give directions to use the equipment and guidance on maintenance including checks and inspections.

Now that you know what your duties are, make sure you comply to avoid stiff penalties.

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