Most air receivers are required by law to be inspected at specified periodic intervals. All air receivers must be registered with Worksafe and inspected at prescribed intervals of two years for external inspections, and four years for internal inspections.
Rod Peirce, General Manager, Southern Cross Compressors states that failure to carry out and document receiver inspections at these intervals could leave plant owners liable in the event of receiver failure or explosion.
The Occupational Health & Safety (Plant) regulations 1995 states employers have an obligation that ‘plant is inspected to the extent necessary to ensure that the risk associated with the use of the plant is monitored’.
Mandatory inspections of the plant are not performed by Worksafe Victoria or Worksafe NSW; it is the responsibility of the owner of the plant to ensure the plant is maintained in a safe condition and that these necessary inspections are performed. Advice on pressure vessel inspections can be obtained from AS 3788.
Southern Cross Compressors Australia Pty Ltd has launched an air receiver inspection service to help companies maintain ongoing compliance at their plant.
All Southern Cross air receiver inspections include: Inspections to standard AS3788:2006; Inspection of safety valves; Inspection of pressure gauges; Ultrasonic thickness testing of shell and ends; Written report issued with every inspection; Ongoing notification of when air receivers are due for inspection.