Pressure Vessel Inspections are a Health & Safety statutory requirement.

The advantage of using us for this Statutory required Inspection is that we do not need another engineer from another company to open the vessel.  This represents a significant saving in cost but also simplifies the process .

We include the Report, the Certificate and the Written Scheme of Examination.

The equipment we provide pressure vessel inspection for:
  • Autoclaves (steam sterilisers)
  • Compressors (air receivers)

This inspection has nothing to do with maintenance and calibration; it is not servicing or revalidation.  It is not concerned with whether an autoclave is sterilising nor if a compressor is delivering medical quality air. It is more akin to an MOT on a car; is it, at that moment of time, safe to use?


The sad image below shows the damage following the explosion of another type of steam pressure system, a steam locomotive.  There were three fatalities that day.

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Alco & Lima, steam locomotive accident, May 12th 1948, Ohio, USA.

Steam under pressure can be dangerous. On this locomotive the steam was passed through the boiler a second time to “superheat” the steam and the tubes and pipes you see are from the super heater header.  All steam locomotive boilers still in use in the UK today have a periodic pressure vessel inspection too, just on a larger scale than your bench top autoclaves.








N.B. While we provide maintenance for autoclaves alongside pressure vessel inspection, calibration and validation, we do not carry out maintenance on compressors, only pressure vessel inspection. The compressor is at the heart of your practice and we recommend that you have a compressor specialist carry out your annual maintenance on the compressor, air lines and drying system.  If you are not sure who to call regarding servicing, we have some contact details for highly experienced service providers that may be able to assist you.