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Safety of pressure systems Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) cover the safe design and use of pressure systems. The aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy (pressure) as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts. The revised PSSR ACOP and guidance is aimed at duty holders under PSSR who are involved with pressure systems used at work.

Autoclaves are pressure vessels with lids or doors, arranged for regular access. They are used in a variety of processes, where products are placed inside the vessel and subjected to greater than atmospheric pressures and, in most cases, elevated temperatures.

This guidance has been prepared in response to two fatalities. It covers industrial autoclaves and is aimed at all employers, supervisors and managers responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of these devices. It specifically addresses the risks associated with safeguarding, training and maintenance. It can also help Notified Bodies (responsible for conformity assessment) and Competent Persons (devising written schemes of thorough examination) to assess the autoclave and identify measures for risk reduction.

Taylor organisation ltd complies with all applicable laws and guidance from the HSE with regards to autoclave maintenance, servicing and usage across it's FOOT CARE branded stores. Autoclaves in use at FOOT CARE premises are maintained to conform to the correct levels.

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