Owners of pressure vessels have been advised that their machinery must be examined annually by a competent person.

Acting Senior Labour Officer in the Occupational Safety and Health Section of the Labour Department, Errol Goodridge, said that Sections 29, 30 and 31 of the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, specifically outline how pressure vessels should be maintained, examined and used.

Mr. Goodridge said: "According to the SHaW Act, pressure vessels include steam boilers, air receivers, steam receivers and any vessel that contains fuel for commercial or industrial use, of 91 kilograms or more, stored at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure."

He pointed out that Section 29(2) of the legislation mandates that a steam boiler should not be used in any workplace unless it has been examined by a competent person.????

"Section 30(8) requires the same for steam receivers, while Section 31(6) states that a competent person must also examine air receivers each year," he explained.

"A competent person is an individual designated by the Minister and is approved to conduct a specified task, such as examining pressure vessels," the Acting Senior Labour Officer said.??

He added that a list of persons approved to examine pressure vessels was available at the Occupational Safety and Health Section of the Labour Department, 2nd Floor, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael.

Persons may also contact the Occupational Safety and Health Section at 310-1524.??

shamkoe.pile@barbados.gov.bb

Author: Shamko?? Pile

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