Pressure Testing Procedures and Best Practice

Pressure testing of newly manufactured and installed pipework and pressure vessels is an essential part of ensuring that assets meet their operational requirements.

However, the number of reported failures indicate that current processes and available guidance relating to pressure testing are not adequate, both in factory and on site.

It outlines the responsibilities in the Health and Safety Executives Guidance note GS4 “Safety Requirements for Pressure Testing” and how to meet those requirements. A review of case studies is conducted to demonstrate where ‘things go wrong’ and how to prevent such incidents in the future.

A significant emphasis will be placed on the ‘Test Supervisors’ roles and responsibility and the safe systems of work that must be in place.