Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs address the most common queries that we receive about the Pressure System Safety Regulations and Pressure Vessel Inspections.

What are the reasons for the Pressure System Safety Regulations?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced these Regulations to help to reduce the risk of serious injury or death resulting from the unsafe use of pressurised vessels

The examination will help to ensure that there is no fault or deterioration in the system that could cause an unintentional release of the stored energy, potentially causing injury, property damage or even death.
To see videos of the potential danger inherent in pressure vessels, go to our news page.

Why should I have my pressure vessel inspected?

Quite simply – without this compliance you are breaking the law!
Your insurance may be invalid and you are failing to protect yourself, your staff, your customers & ultimately, your business.
Other Regulations that apply are:
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998 (PUWER)
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Who is responsible for complying with the Pressure System Safety Regulations?

Full duty for compliance & renewal, under the law, must remain the responsibility of the owner/operator.

My machine is loaned to me by my coffee supply company. Who is responsible for complying with these regulations - the supplier or me?

Your supplier is not responsible for ensuring compliance at the time of supply. The Regulations require a Written Scheme to be in place before first use. It is stated that it is the operator that is responsible for installed systems, such as espresso machines.
The supplier may become accountable for the examination when a written loan agreement exists that states that they will be responsible for all maintenance.

Isn't this covered in my routine service?

No. Routine servicing does not mean you are covered.
The Approved Code of Practice to the Regulations states that the examination should be carried out by someone with full impartiality, independent of any other trading relationship. Furthermore, the examination does not replace a service – they are two completely different processes.

Can my existing repairer certify my machine?

As the repairer has an existing trading relationship with you or they may be reporting on their own work, there will be a conflict of interests. The Approved Code of Practice states that they would be unlikely to qualify as a suitable person for this task.
A possible exception to this is where the supply company gives separate accountability for duties under PSSR examination and reporting, and follow a suitable Written Scheme.

Why have I not been asked for this or made aware of it before now?

Environmental Health Officers have in excess of 300 Regulations to check so priority is usually given to those that may statistically affect more people. Often, EHOs are not aware that an espresso machine contains a pressurised boiler that falls within the scope of the PSSR. As awareness of these facts increase, Environmental Health Departments will start to ask for proof of compliance.
Your insurance company may simply assume that you comply, in the same way they would assume that you have a valid MOT when you insure your car.

What happens if some standard parts are needed to ensure a pass?

Because Espress Test use experienced engineers to assess your equipment under our Written Schemes of Examination, any regularly stocked parts that fail to meet the required standard can be repaired or replaced immediately before the examination – much like a pre-MOT.
Parts (tank seals or gaskets) that may become damaged in the course of completing the examination will be replaced where necessary.
All parts are charged in addition to any other charges agreed. This saves you additional call out charges for repairs and often prevents unnecessary downtime or the need for a failure report to be issued.
For prices and further details, see Our Services.

My machine is gas fired - does it need this examination?

Yes. The Regulations apply to the pressure vessel and do not take into account the method of heating.
There are additional Regulations which relate to working with gas in the UK. These additional Regulations prevent anyone without a ‘gas safe’ certificate (formerly ‘Corgi’ registration) from working on gas fired systems.
Our engineers are not gas safe certified, nor does our Written Scheme take into account the additional control systems of these machines.

How long will the examination take?

Without any unforeseen complications, the examination will take approximately 1 hour, for a traditional espresso machine. Whilst any equipment is being examined, it will be out of service.
Safe access must be provided to the equipment to conform to Health & Safety requirements, with enough space for the inspecting engineer to remove all of the panels.

Further Questions?

We're always happy to answer any questions you might have about our services or the regulations. If there's something you'd like to know, or you want to go ahead and book in a Pressure Vessel Inspection, we're here to help!