Pressure Vessel Inspection
Pressure Vessel is a term used by Health and Safety to describe compressors, autoclaves and their associated pipe work and safety devices. An autoclave uses high pressure and extremely hot steam to sterilize instruments, and should be inspected regularly for signs of corrosion or fault that may lead to a dangerous breakdown.
Autoclaves are high-risk equipment. Their use is covered by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR). It is essential that autoclave equipment is periodically examined and certified that is is suitable for continued use. More information can be found on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pressure-systems/faq
Dual-Tech Dental Services' qualified engineers carry out pressure vessel inspections to a high standard, providing clients with a service they can have full confidence in. Upon completion we provide certification of the inspection as well as a copy of the inspection report for your records.
How often do I need a Pressure Vessel Inspection?
We recommend that dental autoclaves undergo a pressure vessel inspection annually. Dual-Tech Dental Services operate a record keeping system, and can provide a reminder service to ensure your practice remains complaint with all relevant regulations.
How long does the Pressure Vessel Inspection take?
It usually takes between 30-45 minutes to inspect an autoclave.
What is involved in the inspection?
• Cleaning the exterior of the vessel
• Inspecting for signs of corrosion
• Checking joints and seals for leaks
• Testing the pressure of the safety relief valve
• Checking for any air leaks
• Checking correct pressure
• Checking connection to practice is switched on
• Completion of relevant paperwork
If you would like to inquire about our autoclave pressure vessel inspection service please use the form below or alternatively contact our friendly team on 0800 978 8971.