Pressure Vessels – are you meeting your WHS obligations?

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Do you use pressure vessels in your business and are you aware of your obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011?

Pressure Vessels are closed containers designed to hold gases or liquids under immense pressure, and are used every day by Australians in the workplace.Examples of common pressure vessels used in the automotive industry include LPG gas bottles used to supply gas to a welding machine and air compressors that supply air to pump up vehicle tyres.

Pressure vessels can be dangerous and can explode if pierced, are not welded correctly, are faulty or if pressure build up occurs. It is therefore crucial to ensure their design and condition are always maintained correctly to eliminate death, serious injury and property damage.

To ensure that you are meeting WHS Legislation, a PCBU that operates a pressure vessel with a Hazard Level A, B or C must have the pressure vessel assessed so it is “Safe to Operate” by a competent person. A certificate of compliance can be obtained by a certified Pressure Vessel Inspector. Please find attached a list of Inspectors supplied by SafeWork SA. Once a certificate of compliance has been supplied, a PCBU can then register their pressure vessel with SafeWork SA using the forms provided by clicking here.

Failure to meet your WHS obligations can result in penalties of up to $100,000.