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PSSR 2000 - Written Scheme of Examination

Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR 2000), users and owners of pressure systems are required to demonstrate that they know the safe operating limits (principally pressure and temperature) of their systems and that they are safe under those conditions.

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PSSR 2000 - Written Scheme of Examination - What You Need To Know

If pressure equipment fails in use, it can injure or kill people nearby and cause serious damage to property. Every year, hundreds of cases are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – some resulting in fatal injury, some causing damage to property but nearly all result in a loss of production. 

Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR 2000), it is the duty of an employer/responsible person to ensure pressure systems:

  • Are operated safely
  • Are adequately maintained
  • Have suitable written schemes of examination (WSE)
  • Are examined by a competent person in accordance with a WSE
  • Have up to date and securely held records relating to their construction, repair, modification and examination
PSSR - Written Schemes of Examination

What Is A Written Scheme Of Examination?

A written scheme of examination is a document containing information about selected items of plant or equipment which form a pressure system, operate under pressure and contain a ‘relevant fluid’.The term relevant fluid is defined in the Regulations and covers compressed or liquefied gas, including air, at a pressure greater than 0.5 bar (approximately7 psi) above atmospheric pressure; pressurised hot water above 110 °C; and steam at any pressure. Typical contents of a written scheme of examination include:

  • Identification of the items of plant or equipment within the system
  • Those parts of the system which are to be examined
  • The nature of the examination required, including the inspection and testing to be carried out on any protective devices
  • The preparatory work needed for the item to be examined safely
  • Where appropriate, the nature of any examination needed before the system is first used
  • The maximum interval between examinations
  • The critical parts of the system which, if modified or repaired, should be examined by a competent person before the system is used again
  • The name of the competent person certifying the written scheme of examination
  • The date of certification

PSSR 2000 - Written Scheme of Examination Through Air Mech

Air Mech can write and certify a written scheme of examination for any minor system.  We can securely hold a copy and update as and when required.

Why Air Mech?

Air Mech will guide you through the entire WSE creation and certification Process. In addition, we ensure they are kept up to date by making changes as and when required.

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