Under Pressure – Keeping Up With Legislation

Posted by Tim Pile - April 7th, 2008

At this years CV show Whale is releasing the first two in a series of essential guides to current legislation related to the construction and operation of vacuum/pressure tankers, designed to help owners/operators and purchasers of tankers ensure that their fleet of vehicles are safe and legal.

The first ‘Under Pressure’ guide informs purchasers of new vehicles of what to look for when purchasing a vehicle and how to tell if a vehicle has to comply with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER).

The second guide is aimed at ‘Owners/Operators’ of new and old vehicles which come under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR). This guide goes into the detail of the terminology of the regulations, and the steps required to meet legal requirements.

Under the terms of PSSR companies are required to have their Written Schemes ratified by a Competent Person. WhaleInspection, the inspection division of Whale Tankers has been appointed an Inspection Body1 and an Competent Person2 by the Department For Transport (DFT). In addition, they have received accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a type ‘C’ inspection body3.

Under these accreditations WhaleInspection provide tank testing services for old and new tanks, as well as authoring, reviewing and approving Written Schemes related to the legislation.

“New legislation that came into force recently placed more arduous requirements on owners of waste vacuum/pressure tankers to ensure the safety of their vehicles. Whale are delighted that they can assist customers to comply with the legislation” said Engineering Manager, Andy Ellis.

Whale have made significant investments to ensure that customers are able to access the highest quality tank-testing services, with a team of 25 highly-trained staff carrying out these tests on a regular basis.

WhaleInspection operates independently from the extensive and long established Whale Service operation which offers a full range of preventative maintenance, regular service and breakdown services.

1. The Inspection Body status is for the purpose of Schedule 2 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations 2007

2. The Appointed Person status is for the purpose of regulation 69 of The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations 2007.

3. The UKAS accreditation is in accordance with the Internal Standard ISO/IEC 17020:1998.

7th April 2008

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