Answered By: Health and Safety Team
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2024     Views: 351

Risk arising from any pressurised equipment containing stored energy above 0.5 bar, and any sudden release of that energy due to catastrophic failure that could lead to injury.

The University of Northampton recognises and accepts its responsibilities as set out in the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) 2000 and the statutory duties that set minimum standards for the protection of individuals who may be exposed to the risks associated with pressure systems.

These risks include but are not limited to:

  • Impact from the blast of an explosion or release of compressed liquid or gas
  • Impact from parts of equipment that fail or any flying debris
  • Contact with released liquid or gas, such as steam
  • Fire resulting from the escape of flammable liquids or gases.

The University will adopt the benefits that accrue from the use of principals of prevention and practices, including suitable and sufficient risk assessments when determining suitable measures for the control of any exposure to the hazards that may be present or created by pressure systems.

All reasonably practicable measures will be taken to reduce and control any risks that have been identified.

For more information, please see the Pressure Systems Policy

There is also a homepage that lists the range of Health and Safety risks identified as relevant to the University's activities and facilities, together with information on the University's policies and arrangements on how these risks are to be managed and controlled.