The main regulations covering pressure equipment and pressure systems are the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000.
For pressure relief valves, regular testing and maintenance is not optional, it is mandatory. Since 2002, most pressure equipment placed on the market must meet the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999, and all systems be properly maintained.
Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, plants must comply with a number of rules and regulations to ensure safe operation. For example, a maintenance programme should be in place to look for signs of problems. Whether it be a control valve suffering from corrosion or a leaking safety valve, the purpose of maintenance under this regulation is to ensure the safe operation and condition of the system. In spite of this requirement, a fault in a safety critical part of the system could remain undetected unless appropriate safety checks are included as part of the maintenance programme. It is therefore important for valves to be regularly tested and inspected.
VCE can provide a complete service, managing annual boiler inspections and recertification – therefore carrying out necessary repair and refurbishment along the way.