• Heavy Plant : Examining a front shovel loader L.O.L.E.R./P.U.W.E.R. 1998

EIS provides engineering inspection and certification services

We provide an inspection service throughout the southwest of the UK – Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and cover inspection of equipment in constant use in the workplace and the home.

Our service gives you peace of mind that your business remains in compliance with health and safety legislation and that it meets the high demands placed upon it by local government and insurance companies, in short we meet your statutory obligations.

Statutory Obligations

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1972
  • Lifting Operations & lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 LOLER ACOP L113 12/14
  • Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998
  • The Pressure System Safety Regulations (PSSR) 2000

As you can see from the list above there are a number of obligations to meet. To find out how we can help you meet these obligations please check our services page or faqs, call Engineering Inspection Solutions for a free consultation of your requirements.

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Use of Compressed Air – part 2

March 22, 2018

Continued from previous post…….

The BCAS make it clear the users of compressed air are subject to the legal requirements of The Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000(PSSRs) a statutory instrument for the in service use of pressure equipment. The regulations are there to prevent serious injuries from the hazard of stored energy due to the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts. Any breach of these regulations comes under the jurisdiction of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

PSSRs

The PSSRs impose duties on manufacturers and suppliers, to explain the equipment must be serviced and stipulate a competent and experienced engineer certify a written scheme of examination.

Some important points:

  • The competent person should be independent from the operating functions of the organisation
  • They should have the sufficient authority to stop the use of pressure equipment should the case arise.
  • At all times it is the user/owners responsibility to ensure compliance with the PSSRs.
  • The P.U.W.E.R. Regs also state equipment should be safe to use, maintained in safe condition, inspected for correct installation and used by people with adequate information and training.

So what can be done to improve safety?

The best efforts of equipment suppliers, the official guidance and the stringent legal framework are in place but there remains concern that too many air systems are being operated without consideration of regulations, a disregard that is not only dangerous but clearly illegal.

Hopefully users will focus on safety which will positively impact on productivity and profit, keeping with this companies are advised to partner with equipment manufacturers, service providers and take on board ‘the ten steps to compressed air safety’.

Use of Compressed Air – part 1

March 14, 2018

In the Jan/Feb edition 2018 of the Plant Engineer Journal an article by Mark Venables outlines how important compressed air is to productivity and process operations in industry. However the misuse of compressed air can pose a threat of serious or even fatal consequences.

From the compressed air user’s perspective, poorly designed and installed equipment, lack of hazard awareness, the neglect of regulations and disregard of safety procedures all contribute to potential risk to people, productivity and profit.

 

…on average there are 150 dangerous occurrences in Great Britain each year, of which six can result in fatal or serious injuries.

The British Compressed Air Society quote

Steve Matthews QSHE manager with Atlas Copco explains ‘Direct contact with compressed air can lead to serious medical conditions. The accidental release of high pressure air resulting from equipment failure or release by untrained hands can have potential fatal consequences’.

He discussed serious hazard scenarios highlighting the misuse of blowguns. A pressure of 1 bar (g) of compressed air can blow an eye out of its socket.   Compressed air can also enter the bloodstream through the skin and if it makes its way through blood vessels and the heart it can create symptoms similar to a heart attack………..

More coming in the next post

EIS New Year News

January 3, 2018

Roger Preston of IMSM recently presented Engineering Inspection Solutions Ltd their Registration Certificate for ISO 9001:2015 following QAS International approval.

Jeremy will be attending the I.N.I.T.A. two day conference/seminar in Lincolnshire in January 2018. Both Jeremy and Dave will be attending various courses during the next few months.