Pressure vessel instruction

Instruction statement

To ensure the safety of all RMIT employees, contractors, visitors and students who use or may be exposed to hazards associated with the use of pressure equipment.

This instruction covers the requirements associated with management of pressure vessels to facilitate a safe work environment.

Exclusions

Nil.

Instruction steps and actions

There is a wide range of pressure vessels in the University. Some are central plant equipment (boilers, air compressors) and others are Portfolio/College equipment. To achieve effective management of all pressure equipment in the University Property Services and Heads of School/Heads of work unit have specific responsibilities to be meet.

Responsibility of Property Services Management:

Ensure all pressure equipment is safe for use by staff, students or contractors by developing a University wide management plan for high risk pressure equipment to include the following:

  • Maintain a University Register of high risk pressure equipment of category A, B C or D.
  • Ensure all recorded pressure equipment of hazard category A, B or C is registered with the Victorian WorkCover Authority, Registration certificates contain all the relevant information and are kept up to date.
  • Conduct maintenance risk assessments of pressure equipment of category A, B, C and D and maintain records of reports as part of the management plan.
  • Note: The Inspection reports contain the outcomes of the maintenance risk assessments.
  • Conduct operational risk assessments for use of plant maintained by Property Services staff and develop safe work instructions as required.
  • Facilitate and implement a maintenance plan as part of the management plan for all pressure equipment detailed on the University Register and maintain records of service reports.
  • Provide copies of inspection reports, maintenance risk assessments and plant registration certificates to local managers as required.
  • Incorporate a system for review of the management plan to facilitate a process of continual improvement.
  • Develop emergency procedures.

Responsibility of Heads of School/Heads of work unit:

Ensure all pressure equipment is safe for use by staff, students or contractors by developing a local management plan for all pressure equipment to include the following:

  • Pressure vessels within the College/Portfolio of category A, B, C or D are listed on the University Register and that all details on the register are correct.
  • Provide details to Property Services of any pressure equipment purchased that will need to be added to the University Register.
  • Confirm that all pressure equipment of category A, B and C is registered with the Victorian WorkCover Authority and registrations are current.
    • Note: Liaise with Property Services to obtain information about registered pressure equipment.
  • Conduct hazard identification and risk assessments for use of pressure equipment.
    • Note: This may involve conducting plant/chemical/manual handling risk assessments and will require a review of Property Services inspection reports.
  • Develop and fund local maintenance programs as required and review Property Service inspection reports to ensure equipment is safe and well maintained.
    • Note: For example a local maintenance program may include a log of usage, cleaning program, checklist of visual inspections, gas cylinder maintenance.
  • Prepare safe work instructions for use of pressure equipment based upon the outcome of risk assessments and information provided by manufacture/supplier of the plant.
    • Note: Safe work instructions should be readily available and if possible located near the item of plant, for example laminated safe work instructions posted.
  • Ensure that all pressure equipment including piping is appropriately labeled.
  • Ensure where necessary operators have certificates of competency for use of high risk pressure vessels ( e.g. boiler certificate).
  • Processes are in place to ensure faulty pressure equipment is isolated from use and is promptly reported to Property Services.
  • Emergency procedures are incorporated into the local emergency response plan.
    • Note: This may include emergency shutdown procedures, chemical spill containment and isolation of area for example.
  • Incorporate a system for review of the local management plan to facilitate a process of continual improvement by completing the annual Pressure Vessel Checklist.

Employees are required to:

  • Follow Safe Work Instructions.
  • Exercise care when working with any pressure equipment.
  • Do not use equipment or appliances which are faulty.
  • Report all faulty equipment to their manager.
  • Report all incidents.
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