Pressure Vessel Certification FAQs

High-performance pressure vessels are widely used in the modern commercial setting. The boilers used in various industrial applications are a good example of high-performance pressure vessels.

Because the use of these vessels poses a significant injury risk to vessel operators, their use for various industrial applications is regulated by the concerned government agencies. This article answers a few questions about the certification of pressure vessels for the benefit of entrepreneurs looking to invest in their first commercial pressure vessel.

What are Some General Requirements for Pressure Vessel Certification?

The legislative policies that govern the use of high-performance pressure vessels are more or less similar across most Australian states. Therefore, a pressure vessel certified for use in one such state would be admissible in another without much trouble, if any.

The number one requirement for certification of pressure vessels is compliance with the various design codes spelt out by accredited standards organizations.

However, Western Australian laws don’t recognize the design codes championed by the aforementioned organizations. For certification, prospective entrepreneurs need to ensure that their pressure vessels comply with specific design codes spelt out by state laws.

In South Australia, the law prohibits the certification of pressure vessels fabricated out-of-state. However, this policy ceases to apply if an entrepreneur gives prior notice to the concerned government agencies and approval for the same is granted prior to inspecting the pressure vessel.

How is Design Registration Different From Item of Plant Registration?

For one, an item of plant cannot be registered before the vessel design is registered. The item of plant is registered after the vessel design has been registered and certified and the fabrication of pressure vessels is complete.

However, the main difference between the two is that design registration is aimed at ensuring that the design chosen for the pressure vessel is safe and fit for industrial use. On the other hand, item of plant registration is done to ascertain that the condition of the industrial plant is in line with the specifications given by the pressure vessel manufacturer, the design verifier, relevant legislative policies, and applicable quality standards.

Who is Authorized to Undertake a Pressure Vessel Inspection for Certification Purposes?

Various professionals can help with the inspection of pressure vessels in preparation for the award of a compliance certificate.

Pressure vessel designers and verifiers, system engineers, and pressure vessel inspection companies would be of assistance to a prospective entrepreneur looking for pressure vessel certification. Boiler repair contractors and similar professionals who are experienced in the handling of pressure vessels may also be contacted when it’s time to inspect.