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97/23 EEC: Pressure Equipment Directive

The main idea behind CE marking products distributed in Europe is to reduce trade barriers between member states of the European Union. The pressure equipment directive provides the uniform requirements regarding the health and safety of persons using or who are in contact with or in the vicinity where the pressure equipment is used. Pressure equipment includes vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories.
The directive is applicable to pressure equipment with a pressure greater than 0.5 bar. 
It considers 2 scenarios:
                 Equipment and assemblies above a specified pressure/volume threshold, which must:
                                 Be safe
                                 Meet the essential health and safety requirements covering design, manufacturing and testing
                                 Satisfy the conformity assessment procedures
                                 Carry the CE mark
                 Equipment and assemblies below the specified pressure/volume threshold, which must:
                                 Be safe
                                 Be designed and manufactured according to sound engineering practices
                                 Bear specified marking markings (but not the CE mark).
CE is an abbreviation for "Communautés Européennes" (European Communities). Application of the CE Mark shows that the manufacturer has submitted a declaration of conformity with the essential requirements for pressure equipment. 
Conformity to the essential requirements must be proven, and a risk assessment is required. A technical file is compiled.
SHEQ Management Systems consults to organizations regarding conformance to the requirements of the pressure equipment directive. We ensure that the process is streamlined, by providing training, advice on the requirements of the directive (legal and technical), assisting with the risk assessment and risk management, as well as with drawing up the declaration of conformity. We also assist with locating a suitable notified body (when required), and maintain communication regarding compliance of the product with the notified body, serving as a link between the manufacturer and the notified body. A full documentation pack is delivered, including all the required documents.
Also note that the requirements of other directives may also be applicable.

For further information and to find out how SHEQ Management Systems can assist you in this regard, please contact us

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