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The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 is the health and safety regulation for pressure systems containing “relevant fluids” within the workplace. These “relevant fluids” refer to: a gas; a liquid which would have a vapour pressure greater than 0·5 bar above atmospheric pressure when in equilibrium with its vapour at either the actual temperature of the liquid or 17·5 degrees Celsius; or a gas dissolved under pressure in a solvent contained in a porous substance at ambient temperature and which could be released from the solvent without the application of heat.
The regulations fall under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, and are in place to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.
The Regulation requires that all pressure systems are designed and manufactured from suitable materials for the liquids and gases they will be holding. When these systems are installed, they must be suitable for the intended purpose and installed correctly, as well as made safe for operation.
Additionally, regular maintenance is required under the Regulation, as well as regular formal examinations at specified time periods. The regulations state that during the examination, all qualifying pressure systems must have a “Written Scheme of Examination” produced by a “competent person”.
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17.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Executive may, by a certificate in writing, exempt any person or class of persons or any type or class of pressure system from the application of any of the requirements or prohibitions imposed by these Regulations, and any such exemption may be granted subject to conditions and to a limit of time, and may be revoked by a certificate in writing at any time.
(2) The Executive shall not grant any such exemption unless, having regard to the circumstances, and in particular to–
(a) the conditions, if any, which it proposes to attach to the exemption; and
(b) any other requirement imposed by or under any enactment which apply to the case,
it is satisfied that the health and safety or persons who are likely to be affected by the exemption will not be prejudiced in consequence of it.
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