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Pressure Systems

Dr Daryn Taylor
18 November 2019

Pressure Systems

New for 2020 is a course on Pressure Systems which will deliver the knowledge required to minimise the risks when working with systems or equipment that contain a liquid or gas under pressure. Not only just for those working with pressure systems, this course will also be of interest to any individual who has a duty to provide a safe workplace and safe work equipment. 

When pressure equipment fails, the destruction caused can be cataclysmic to people, property and environment. Principal causes of incidents are likely to involve faulty equipment or inadequate system design, however poor maintenance, unsafe systems of work, operator error, a lack of training or supervision, sloppy installation and inadequate repairs or modifications can also lead to accidents. 

Incidents can have severe consequences such as explosions, the outbreak of fire or contact with released liquid/gas. For example, in 2005 fifteen people were killed and 180 injured when a distillation tower became over pressurized at the BP America Refinery in Texas City. Furthermore, in 2010 the Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 people and led to one of the largest oil leaks in history; an article in the New Scientist states that misinterpretation of pressure tests was one of eight major failures which caused the catastrophe. 

In order to reduce the risks in the UK, knowledge and implementation of some basic precautions are required, some of which are contained in the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, both of which are discussed in the course. 

This initial course is a precursor to a further courses, all of which will be developed to meet the needs of various industries and employers. Taster sessions on this course topic are running late November and early December 2019, visit our website for more information. 

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