As the owner or user of compressed air equipment there are a number of safety and compliance regulations you need to adhere to by law. The compressor specific regulations are primarily related to health and safety and environmental protection, both of which are treated very seriously if a company fails to comply. Often directors of a company that aren’t complying are held personally liable for failures. Government and local authorities will check that you are meeting these requirements if they inspect you.
We are regularly contacted by companies looking for help after they have been inspected by the authorities and don’t comply with the necessary regulations. The good news is that you are normally given a few weeks to fix the problem, the bad news is this cant be relied upon.
Some regulations need to be adhered to by almost every company with an air compressor, others are only required in certain circumstances or if you are doing certain things with your compressed air.
All organisations with a compressor will need to meet the following regulations
- Written scheme of examination (Pressure Systems Regulations, PSSR)
- Condensate management (water resources act)
Depending on circumstances some organisations will need to meet the following regulations