PSSR Inspections: How to Stay Safe and Compliant

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) are a set of regulations that govern the safe operation of pressure systems in the United Kingdom. PSSR inspections are a type of inspection that are carried out to make sure that pressure systems and equipment are safe for use and compliant with PSSR They also require for pressure systems to be inspected in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination by competent people who know what they’re doing.

A pressure system includes any ‘system’ made up of one or more rigid pressure vessels with associated pipework and protective devices, pipework associated with a transportable pressure vessel, and pipelines that contain relevant fluids. These fluids include steam, gases under pressure, and fluids that are artificially kept under pressure that become gases when they’re released.

If you own or operate a pressure system, it is important to have it inspected regularly to ensure that it’s compliant with PSSR. The BES Group can help you to stay safe and compliant with our PSSR inspections. We have a team of experienced and qualified engineers who can conduct a thorough inspection of your pressure system and identify any potential hazards. We will also provide you with a detailed report of our findings so that you can take the necessary corrective action.

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Not only do we complete the most thorough inspections, but we can help you with your Written Scheme of Examination too.

After a risk assessment of a pressure system, a Written Scheme of Examination is drawn up. This outlines the items included in the pressure system, the examination requirements, and the frequency of inspections. However, a Written Scheme of Examination is not a substitute for regular maintenance and inspections by experts.

In accordance with PSSR, it’s important they’re drawn up/ certified by a competent person – and that’s where we come in! We’re impartial, competent and we really know our stuff, simple.

The regulations require all pressure systems to be inspected in line with its Written Scheme of Examination, which identifies the extent of the pressure system and the examination requirements, including inspection frequencies.

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For most pressure systems, an ‘out of service’ and ‘in service’ examination is usually required. Our team of experts will carry out your end-to-end pressure vessel inspection requirements and we’ll do it around the requirements of your business too. Safety is our number one focus, and we’ll do everything we need, to complete your inspections both safely and efficiently.


In short, when it comes to your pressure systems, we’re the experts so you don’t have to be.

  • Our team of experts know everything there is to know about Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)
  • Our Engineer Surveyors are trained by the most skilled and experienced people making sure they can always complete the very best inspections for our customers
  • Not only are we competent, but we’re independent and impartial, meaning we always give the most advice and guidance when it comes to your equipment
  • We’re proud of our accreditations, which give you, our customers, complete peace of mind that we’ve got your inspections covered, no matter what

Frequently Asked Questions

A whole host of equipment across all industries falls under PSSR. This could be your steam boiler or steam oven, refrigeration plant, steam coffee machine or compressed air system and much more.

Any pressure vessel containing compressed gas over 250 bar/ litres capacity falls under PSSR and is required to be inspected. What’s more, hot water boilers operating at more than 100ºC fall within PSSR, along with refrigeration and air conditioning plants with combined compressor motors exceeding 25kW. However, it’s important to note that PSSR applies to plants with steam at any pressure, regardless of size and complexity.

PSSR requires that all pressure systems that fit the criteria for inspection be inspected in accordance with its Written Scheme of Examination. This has to be drawn up and certified by a competent person, and that’s where we come in! We’re impartial, competent, and really know our stuff, simple. To speak to one of our experts today, fill in our short enquiry form and we will get back to you.

PSSR requires pressure systems are regularly inspected, with the frequency varying from 12 months to several years, depending on the equipment.

Yes – adhering to PSSR when you own or operate pressure vessels and receivers that contain steam, compressed air, and refrigerants, is a vital step to preventing severe injury.

Your PSSR inspections are so much more than a ‘nice to have.’ If pressure systems are not thoroughly maintained by people who know what they’re doing, the results of a malfunction can be devastating to both the people in the vicinity as well as to your business.

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The BES Group Solution

Our team of specialist pressure Engineer Surveyors will help keep you compliant with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) and, in turn, keep you and your people safe and your business operational.

We take your risk seriously at the BES Group and leave no stone unturned when it comes to the safety of your business and your people.

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