Three parties are role-players. Firstly, the government promulgates laws. These must be implemented by the 2nd party - Pressure Vessel owner. The third party is the SANAS certified pressure vessel inspector. For your convenience, we have divided all the relevant information into these four categories.
Two acts stipulate the need for pressure vessel inspections, who should carry them out, and how records should be kept. There are also formal pressure vessel regulations that apply to all industries.
Pressure equipment falling under the OHS Act 1993 must be fully inspected including a pressure test every three years.
Pressure equipment falling under the Mines & Mineral Health & Safety Act 1996 must undergo inspections every two years:
FESA is an approved in-service inspection authority (AIA-IS). We undertake the inspection of pressure equipment that is currently in use. This distinguishes our work from that of an approved inspection authority (AIA) that inspects and approves newly fabricated pressure equipment and pressure equipment undergoing fabrication.
An AIA-IS provides a “competent person” to undertake the inspection, while an AIA inspector is termed an “inspector of pressurized equipment.”
All inspection companies must be accredited in accordance with ISO 17020, and this is verified by way of audits conducted by SANAS.
A competent person must:
Work is performed in accordance with the following legislation and regulations:
Equipment which is under pressure exceeding 50kpa is defined as pressure equipment.
(VUP = vessels under pressure)
(PER = pressure equipment regulations)
Should you choose to peruse the regulations yourself, the following terminology and abbreviations will be of help:
As the owner of a pressure vessel, it is your duty to ensure that your pressure vessel is safe and properly maintained. The only way to be sure of this is to use the services of certified inspectors working under the supervision of an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA) to examine your pressure vessel every three years (for industries other than mining) or once every year (for the mine industry).
In so doing, you remain compliant with the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) referenced in OHSA no 85 of 1993 or the Mines and Minerals Act (1996).
Failing this, pressure vessel equipment must be recertified in a separate process.
The following must appear on the nameplate of pressure vessel equipment (PVE):
A new pressure vessel is certified by the manufacturer. Thereafter, re-certification after any modifications, and three-yearly inspections become the responsibility of the company that owns the pressure vessel. The documents received from the manufacturer at purchase form the basis for ongoing inspections and are used in tracking the history of the vessel.
All accessories must comply with health and safety standards, and repeat inspections at least every year. Inspections are required to ensure the continued safety of the pressure vessel equipment. Naturally, this means pressure vessel inspections by a SANAS vessels under pressure certified professional every year or every 3 years.
That’s where we come into the picture, and we can guarantee in-service inspections of pressure vessels that comply with legislation while providing you with any assistance and advice you may require.
No matter how many years of experience we may (and do) have, certification is the essential key to a valid pressure vessel inspection procedure:
That means we must ensure that your inspection is carried out by a competent person (CP) who has been certified by all the relevant regulatory agencies.
These certified individuals understand how to comply with all the regulations, including the entire paper trail that is supposed to be in place. Their certification is proof that they know how to test and certify pressure vessels in accordance with all legislative and procedural requirements.
We will supply all the materials, equipment, labour and supervision for complete inspection and testing services as per the Act to ensure that you are compliant with all Vessel Under Pressure (VUP) regulations.
Mon - Thu between 07H30 to 17H00.
Fri - between 07H30 to 15H00.