Pressure Vessel Inspection
The term 'Pressure Vessel' is a general term used by Health and Safety to describe compressors, autoclaves and their associated pipe work and safety devices.
The safe operation, maintenance and servicing of these units is essential to the efficient running of the practice which in turn will form the basis of compliance to the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1992.
Why do I need a Pressure Vessel Inspection?
- All autoclaves and compressors must have a Written Scheme of Examination prepared for each vessel by a competent person
- Employers must ensure that all work equipment is safe and in good working condition
- Each vessel must be inspected at regular intervals as specified on the Written Scheme of Examination
- A written report must be provided at each inspection detailing the condition of the vessel/s
- Each vessel must be serviced and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers' recommendations
- Records of servicing and inspection must be kept
- All members of staff must be fully trained in the operation of autoclaves prior to use.
How often do I need my Pressure Vessel inspecting?
Each Vessel must be inspected at regular intervals as specified on the written scheme of examination.
How long will a Pressure Vessel Inspection take?
It usually takes 45 minutes to inspect a Compressor or Autoclave.
How much do DBG charge?
What does our Engineer actually do?
- Check serial number
- Switch off
- Drain air
- Remove covers as necessary
- Thoroughly clean the exterior
- Inspect all welds for signs of corrosion
- Check all joints and seals for leaks
- Remove the safety relief valve
- Note the safety relief valve marked value
- Test the pressure of the safety relief valve
- Replace the safety relief valve
- Carry out an ultrasonic thickness test
- Replace covers
- Turn on
- Check for any air leaks
- Check correct pressure is reached
- Check connection to surgery is switched on
- Complete all paperwork