PRESSURE SYSTEMS REGULATIONS GUIDE LEGISLATION
What is PSSR 2000?
PSSR 2000 replaces the Pressure Systems and Transportable Gas Containers Regulations 1989 which has been revoked. PSSR 2000 does not cover transportable gas cylinders or tanks which are covered by separate legislation.
To comply with the European Community Pressure Equipment Directive, Great Britain has implemented the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 (PER 1999) and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR 2000).
PER 1999 is primarily concerned with the design, manufacture and installation of pressure systems. PSSR 2000 is primarily concerned with the risks created by a release of stored energy through system failure. It is not concerned with hazardous nature of the system contents with exception to the scalding effects of steam.
The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 is concerned with steam at any pressure, gases which exert a pressure in excess of 0.5 bar above atmospheric pressure and fluids which may be mixtures of liquids, gases and vapours where the gas or vapour phase may exert a pressure in excess of 0.5 bar above atmospheric pressure.
Do the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 apply to me?
As an employer or self-employed person you have a duty to provide a safe workplace and safe work equipment (Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).
The aim of PSSR 2000 is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.
You have a duty, therefore, to ensure that the system is properly designed, properly installed operated safely, properly maintained, properly repaired or modified and that the operators have been properly trained.
The regulation also places duties of designers, manufacturer and persons who supply equipment or components intended to be part of a pressure system to ensure that it is fit for purpose.